AZZURRI

England manager Roy Hodgson assures Danny Welbeck is fit to face Italy tonight, but it’s “one of my toughest team selections.”
Gigi Buffon suffered a “slight ankle sprain and is undergoing treatment” ahead of tonight’s World Cup opener against England.
England Coach Roy Hodgson wants his team’s performances at this summer’s World Cup to make the country proud.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli says tomorrow’s World Cup opener against England will not be decisive regardless of the result.
England captain Steven Gerrard has praised Three Lions Coach Roy Hodgson’s bravery and hopes his team can reward it.
Former Manchester City assistant Angelo Gregucci believes that there will be ‘no surprises’ in England’s XI tomorrow.
Cesare Prandelli has reiterated Giorgio Chiellini’s comments that Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon are ‘essential’ to Italy.
Giorgio Chiellini has conceded that Italy need to take ‘good care’ of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.
Antonio Mirante is on his way home from Brazil, but believes that Italy can do well at the World Cup.
Fabio Grosso has backed Cesare Prandelli’s words that every Italy player will have a role to play at this World Cup.
Italy will later today fly out to Manaus ahead of final preparations for their opening World Cup fixture against England.
Italy’s players will reportedly be given a cooling hand as part of their World Cup preparations, to combat weight loss in the Brazilian heat.
Marcello Lippi says he sees a ‘psychological similarity’ between Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad and his that won the 2006 World Cup.
Daniel Osvaldo said he’s “happy not to be involved in this farce” after Brazil’s controversial win over Croatia.
Mattia De Sciglio will miss the England game, but remain in Brazil with Italy’s World Cup squad after a muscular injury.
Gianluca Vialli believes Mario Balotelli has “earned his starting spot” for Italy in the World Cup against England.
There are reports Mattia De Sciglio could be ruled out of the World Cup, so Christian Maggio, Manuel Pasqual and others are on alert.
Defender Gary Cahill believes England are “definitely ready for the game” against Italy on Saturday night.
There are fears Mattia De Sciglio suffered a calf strain, so Giorgio Chiellini could play left-back against England.
Mattia De Sciglio is in hospital for tests after sustaining a calf injury in training, putting him at risk for Italy-England.
Andrea Barzagli sees “the same hunger” in the current Italy side as in 2006, but admits “we’ve conceded too many goals.”
Andrea Barzagli insists Italy’s ageing team does not fear England youngsters, but gave clues on Daniele De Rossi’s role.
Andrea Barzagli confirmed Italy will “keep the ball on the ground” against England and he respects Wayne Rooney.
Marco Verratti took part in full training today, suggesting he’ll be fit to start Saturday’s Italy-England clash.
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini is horrified by the state of the pitch in Manaus. “I hope it doesn’t ruin Italy-England.”