AZZURRI

Mario Balotelli has insisted that he just wants to focus on the World Cup, not his own personal future.
Luca Antonini has revealed that he was shocked to see Genoa teammate Alberto Gilardino not in Italy’s World Cup squad.
Italy have trained for the first time in Recife ahead of their game against Costa Rica tomorrow.
Jose Mourinho has urged Mario Balotelli to ‘understand his full potential’ and take this World Cup by storm.
Daniele De Rossi doesn’t quite see himself as ‘Italy’s toughest midfielder’, choosing instead to describe his style as ‘physical’ and ‘fair’.
Daniele De Rossi has considered Italy’s ‘Tikitalia’ nickname and talks of the importance in the Azzurri holding a ‘strong core’ of players.
Italy will shortly leave their training base and head out to Recife ahead of tomorrow’s afternoon clash with Costa Rica.
Thiago Motta appreciates Italy’s new dual playmaker system and is ready to replace Marco Verratti against Costa Rica.
Thiago Motta insists he has no regrets about choosing to play for Italy rather than Brazil. “I feel Italian.”
There are rumours emerging from the Italy camp that Andrea Barzagli will miss the game with Costa Rica.
Gigi Buffon and Mattia De Sciglio trained with the full team, as Italy fly out tomorrow morning to face Costa Rica.
Daniele De Rossi has revealed his idol as a youngster was always former Manchester United player Roy Keane.
Daniele De Rossi believes Italy are getting closer to being at the level of world champions Spain.
Outgoing Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia says Mario Balotelli has impressed him at the World Cup and can do anything.
The referee for Italy’s World Cup match against Costa Rica on Friday has been confirmed as Chile’s Enrique Osses.
Alessandro Del Piero is encouraged by Italy’s start to the World Cup, but warns against placing expectation on the squad.
Italy have adjusted their training schedule and diet as part of preparations for earlier World Cup kick-offs with Costa Rica and Uruguay.
Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci has praised Gigi Buffon for his positive attitude to his recent injury issue.
Italy could make three changes to the side that beat England when facing Costa Rica on Friday and move Matteo Darmian.
Daniele De Rossi commented on the end-date for his Azzurri career and revealed a hidden social media presence.
Daniele De Rossi said Italy should have “a healthy fear” going into their clash with Costa Rica, as he’s familiar with Recife.
Daniele De Rossi insisted he is “not irreplaceable” in the Italy squad and described their “complementary” midfield.
Emanuele Giaccherini says he is happy in England but hinted today that he may be open to a move to Roma this summer.
It is reported that Torino have rejected a bid by Everton to sign the club’s forward Alessio Cerci.
Salvatore Sirigu admits he would never have expected to have played in a World Cup match this time four years ago.