AZZURRI

Italian legend Gigi Riva has revealed that it was his idea for Mario Balotelli to face the media this week.
Milan veteran Gianluca Zambrotta has surprisingly stated that he hopes to be a part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.
Italy moved into first place in their European Under-21 qualifying group with a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Turkey.
Giorgio Chiellini wants Italy to again underline their defensive strength under Cesare Prandelli in the game against Poland.
Italy will face Poland on Friday with Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini in attack, while Ignazio Abate will make his debut at right-back.
Andrea Barzagli is on his way back to Turin after he withdrew from the Italy squad because of injury.
Ezequiel Schelotto concedes that he still has much to prove if he is to be rewarded with his first Italian international cap.
Sebastian Giovinco has admitted that it will be tough to watch Italy’s friendlies against Poland and Uruguay after pulling out of the squad with injury.
Italy Under-21 Coach Ciro Ferrara has warned his players to “not fall for provocation” against Turkey tomorrow.
Andrea Pirlo, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Ranocchia tell their clubs to accept international duty is important. “They should always collaborate with the Nazionale.”
Christian Maggio expects Italy new boy Ignazio Abate to provide him with some tough competition for the right-back spot.
Mario Balotelli has stated that he is ready to lead the Italian attack, that he’s not crazy and that he has no intention of leaving Manchester City.
Alessandro Matri and Daniel Pablo Osvaldo both scored hat-tricks in a practice match during Italy training on Wednesday.
Andrea Barzagli picked up a muscular problem in training today and should miss Friday’s friendly with Poland.
UEFA have partially accepted Italy’s appeal, so Under-21 international Lorenzo Insigne’s ban has been reduced to two games.
Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna is hoping to make his international debut for Italy this month. “I actually want to play against Poland and Uruguay.”
Gigi Buffon admits that Italy will miss Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi on and off the pitch over the next six months.
Ignazio Abate is determined to show he deserves his call-up to the latest Italy squad and has rejected talk of being just a short-term solution.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he’ll be forced to try some new attacking solutions while waiting for Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi to return.
Sebastian Giovinco has withdrawn from the Italian international squad after picking up an injury on Sunday.
Fiorentina stopper Michele Camporese has been added to the Italian Under-21 international squad.
Captain Gigi Buffon thinks Antonio Cassano could still make the difference for Italy at the 2012 European Championship.
Gigi Buffon, Morgan De Sanctis and Salvatore Sirigu will reportedly all feature at some stage in Italy’s games against Poland and Uruguay.
Antonio Di Natale of Udinese remains one of Italy’s finest players despite again being omitted from the international squad, says his agent.
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has told Italy boss Cesare Prandelli to not underestimate the ability of Ignazio Abate.