WORLD CUP 2014

Gianfranco Zola believes Parma’s Antonio Cassano has done more than enough to deserve a place in Italy’s World Cup squad.
Holland Coach Louis Van Gaal says Kevin Strootman will prove irreplaceable when the World Cup kicks-off this summer.
Luca Toni has revealed his ambition to be called up for the World Cup this summer, after an impressive season with Verona.
Former Argentina international Ariel Ortega believes that Carlos Tevez has earned his place at the World Cup.
Mattia Destro is seen as almost certain to miss next week’s tests with the Italy squad, but could be handed a final chance in May.
Gigi Buffon believes Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet “deserves a place at the World Cup” and is sorry for Mattia Destro.
Verona hitman Luca Toni assures he has every reason to hope for a World Cup call. “If someone without a goal can hope...”
Roma forward Mattia Destro has today been handed a three match ban for punching Cagliari defender Davide Astori.
Corriere dello Sport are reporting that Lazio forward Miroslav Klose faces around 15 days out on the sidelines.
Roma forward Mattia Destro risks a ban using video evidence and the FIGC confirm he could fall foul of Italy’s Code of Ethics.
England Coach Roy Hodgson says his side will be up against it in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Luca Toni is happy with his decision to join Verona and said “why not?” to a World Cup call.
Andrea Pirlo assures he is “compatible with Marco Verratti” for Italy, will renew his Juventus contract and left Milan on good terms.
Marco Verratti is learning from Andrea Pirlo, mustn’t get Zlatan Ibrahimovic angry, won’t close the door to Juventus, but is “happy at PSG.”
It’s reported Giuseppe Rossi will be at Italy’s pre-World Cup fitness tests, but FIFA could block Jorginho’s call-up.
Roy Hodgson assured England will “not sit back against Italy” at the World Cup. “We’ll ask questions of them.”
Zinedine Zidane says he understands Ishak Belfodil’s decision to join Livorno on loan from Inter in January.
Radja Nainggolan has affirmed his belief that he ‘deserves’ to be in Belgium’s squad for the World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli has reiterated the professional focus he wants from his Italy players, and defended recent comments on their physical condition.
Marco Verratti has admitted that he is uncertain about whether or not he will be called up by Cesare Prandelli for the World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli admits that Italy are not among the favourites for the World Cup, but adds that: “We can beat all the strongest.”
Cesare Prandelli will reportedly include Antonio Cassano in his provisional World Cup squad, but not Francesco Totti or Luca Toni.
Cesare Prandelli is the cover star for The FIFA Weekly, as he is “the epitome of elegance and style.”
Fatih Terim believes Francesco Totti should go to the World Cup and praised Rudi Garcia’s work with Roma.
Mario Gomez assured Fiorentina and Germany he will “get back in ideal shape before June or July.”

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.