WORLD CUP 2014

Italy’s team doctor says that Salvatore Sirigu has not suffered broken ribs and that Mario Balotelli does not have a groin injury.
Italy’s World Cup squad have posed for their official team photo this morning, ahead of travelling to Perugia for tomorrow’s game with Luxembourg.
Filippo Galli has reflected with pride on seeing Mattia De Sciglio and Matteo Darmian make Italy’s World Cup squad.
Romulo has lifted the lid on the injury that saw him ask Cesare Prandelli not to consider him for Italy’s World Cup squad.
France’s World Cup squad has the one representative from Serie A, in the form of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Argentina’s final squad of 23 heading out to the World Cup includes seven Serie A based players including Gonzalo Higuain and Rodrigo Palacio.
Italy’s Group D opponents Costa Rica have started their World Cup warm-up schedule with defeat to Japan in the USA.
Zdenek Zeman has spoken of his pride in seeing Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile and Marco Verratti all make Italy’s World Cup squad.
Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has admitted his surprise at how quick Arturo Vidal has recovered from a knee injury.
Former Fiorentina midfielder Antonio Di Gennaro doesn’t know what more Giuseppe Rossi had to do to make Italy’s World Cup squad.
England boss Roy Hodgson has urged the squad to sing the national anthem during this summer’s World Cup.
Luis Suarez has returned to light training with Uruguay, but reports are that the striker will miss their opening World Cup game with Costa Rica.
Mario Yepes has admitted he’s realistic about Colombia’s chances at the World Cup, but won’t rule out Italy.
Walter Mazzarri is delighted that Lorenzo Insigne has made the World Cup squad, but feels bad for Christian Maggio.
Riccardo Montolivo’s agent has insisted that his client will have no problems if Milan look to buy another midfielder in the summer.
The Italian national team’s squad numbers for the World Cup have been confirmed, with Antonio Cassano getting the No.10.
Romulo’s agent has confirmed the midfielder’s declaration that he convinced Cesare Prandelli to not include him in the World Cup squad.
Marco Verratti has claimed that it’s up to Cesare Prandelli how he’s used in this summer’s World Cup.
Marco Verratti has revealed his delight at being including in Italy’s 23-man squad for the World Cup, but feels sorry for those who didn’t make it.
Lazio’s Miroslav Klose is Germany’s only recognised forward for the World Cup, whilst Shkodran Mustafi misses out on a place in the final 23.
Marco Verratti’s agent says the inclusion of the midfielder, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne in the Italy squad is to Zdenek Zeman’s credit.
Riccardo Montolivo has undergone surgery on his injury and initial indications are Milan could be without him for up to six months.
Roma and Mattia Destro have moved quickly to deny reports that the striker had turned down a reserve role in Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad.
Romulo says Cesare Prandelli had included him in his World Cup 23, but that he advised the Coach to select someone in his place.
Giuseppe Rossi has dismissed speculation that his cut from Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad for the World Cup was down to physical fitness or fear of injury.

WORLD CUP 2014 BLOGS

Richard Thomas says Cesare Prandelli’s arrival at Galatasaray provides the former Italy boss with an ideal opportunity to prove himself a winner.