Pirlo: 'Quality generation for Italy'
Andrea Pirlo is impressed with the “quality generation” of Italy players coming through, including Marco Verratti, but “Gigi Buffon is still the best.”
Blind sacked before Italy game?
There are rumours the Netherlands could sack Coach Danny Blind even before Tuesday’s friendly with Italy in Amsterdam.
Italy squad dine chez Spalletti
The entire Italy squad had dinner at a restaurant owned by Luciano Spalletti, Alberto Gilardino and Dario Dainelli.
Holland tumble in Bulgaria
The Netherlands host Italy in a friendly on Tuesday evening, but they suffered a shock 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Bulgaria.
Donnarumma to start Holland-Italy
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is expected to start in goal for Italy in Tuesday’s friendly against the Netherlands.
Barzagli leaves Italy camp
Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has left the Italy camp ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with the Netherlands.
Strakosha 'right to snub Cardiff City'
Thomas Strakosha “made the right choice by going to Lazio, which is fortunate because he was about to join Cardiff City,” said the Albania international’s father.
Verratti: 'Juve can eliminate Barcelona'
Marco Verratti has faith Juventus can knock Barcelona out of the Champions League after his Paris Saint-Germain came so close.
Buffon: 'Italy can beat Spain'
Gigi Buffon celebrated his 1,000th match with a 2-0 victory over Albania and assured Italy that Spain “are not unbeatable. We have to believe.”
Immobile thanks Zappacosta
Ciro Immobile thanked Davide Zappacosta for the cross as he scored in Italy’s 2-0 win over Albania. “It’s always a pleasure with this squad.”
De Biasi: 'Pained by Albania flares'
Gianni De Biasi felt Albania “had a more than acceptable performance” in their 2-0 defeat to Italy, “but I was really upset with the throwing of fireworks.”
Hysaj: 'Albania let down by result'
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj was unhappy with the referee after Albania’s 2-0 defeat to Italy. “It’s just the result that let us down.”
De Rossi: 'Verratti pleasure to play with'
Daniele De Rossi said it is “a pleasure to play alongside Marco Verratti” and he can see a strong Italy side forming after the win over Albania.
Verratti: 'Still learning from Ventura'
Marco Verratti admits he is still learning “what the Coach wants” in Giampiero Ventura’s Italy after a 2-0 victory over Albania.
Ventura: 'Great Italy future awaits'
Giampiero Ventura is confident Italy “have everything in place to have a strong future” after their 2-0 victory over Albania.
Italy: Azzurri see off Albania
Daniele De Rossi’s penalty and a Ciro Immobile header gave Italy the 2-0 victory over Albania, but play was suspended due to visiting fans throwing fireworks.
Ventura: 'Bring Serie A season forward'
Giampiero Ventura is impressed by Italy’s young strikers, but wants the Serie A season brought forward to better prepare for Spain.
De Biasi: 'Can't wait for Italy-Albania'
Albania Coach Gianni De Biasi can’t wait for tonight’s showdown with Italy to see “how important it’ll be to continue our World Cup dream.”
Liveblog: Italy v Albania
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Gianni De Biasi’s surprising Albania.
Italy go 4-2-4 against Gianni De Biasi’s Albania in tonight’s World Cup qualifier, starting Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva.
Totti ‘wanted to be petrol attendant’
Roma veteran Francesco Totti has revealed the profession he pursued before he became a footballer – a petrol attendant.
Ventura announces 23-man squad
Italy Commissario Tecnico Giampiero Ventura has announced his 23-man squad that will face Albania and the Netherlands.
U21: Azzurrini victory in Poland
Italy’s Under-21 side earned a confident 2-1 friendly victory away to the European Championship hosts Poland, even though Alberto Cerri missed a penalty.
Buffon: ‘Bright future for Italy’
Gianluigi Buffon assures “Italy won’t have any problems after me”, thanks to Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mattia Perin and Alex Meret.
De Biasi: ‘If Albania beat Italy…’
Gianni De Biasi would be “the happiest person in the world” if Albania beat Italy but “I don’t know how many miracles Jesus gives you”.
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