Abate: Azzurri well placed
Ignazio Abate believes Italy are not among the favourites to win this summer’s World Cup, but are still well placed.
Abate on Seedorf & Inzaghi
Ignazio Abate says he remained professional and determined despite not featuring regularly for Milan under Clarence Seedorf.
‘Don’t overburden Balo!’
Italy defender Ignazio Abate says it would be unfair to place too much of a burden on the shoulders of Mario Balotelli.
Abate: England can be dark horses
Ignazio Abate believes Italy’s Group D rivals England could be the dark horses of this summer’s World Cup.
Azzurri name Fluminense XI
Italy’s starting line-up to face Fluminense tomorrow has been announced, while Andrea Barzagli and Gabriel Paletta today returned to training.
‘De Rossi has ability to…’
Giorgio Chiellini believes Daniele De Rossi has all the attributes needed to play in defence for Italy at the World Cup.
‘Azzurri have two stars’
Goalkeeper Gigi Buffon and midfielder Andrea Pirlo are Italy’s two star players, according to defender Giorgio Chiellini.
‘Italy and England have changed’
Giorgio Chiellini believes both Italy and England are different teams compared to those that faced each other at Euro 2012.
Chiellini: Defence must improve
Giorgio Chiellini believes Italy’s defence must improve if they are to have a successful World Cup this summer.
DDV: Rossi was ready
Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle says Viola striker Giuseppe Rossi was ready to go to the World Cup in Brazil.
De Sciglio: World Cup a starting point
Mattia De Sciglio believes that this summer’s World Cup will be a ‘starting point’ for his career.
Gerrard: England more confident
England captain Steven Gerrard has claimed that the squad are much more confident going into this World Cup than the last.
El Shaarawy: Inzaghi will do well
Stephan El Shaarawy believes that Pippo Inzaghi will do well if he’s named as Milan’s new Coach.
Lippi: Italy will qualify from the group
Former national team boss Marcelo Lippi is confident that Italy will qualify from their World Cup group.
Pirlo: Italy will attack
Andrea Pirlo is confident that Italy can do well at this summer’s World Cup, and has insisted that the Azzurri will play an attacking style.
Italy's weekend schedule
Italy have a packed schedule this weekend, with the squad fitting in three training sessions and a game against Fluminense.
Costa Rica draw with Ireland
Italy’s Group D opponents Costa Rica have drawn their second World Cup friendly against Republic of Ireland.
Hodgson to give Ox time
England Coach Roy Hodgson says he plans to give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain every opportunity to prove his fitness.
‘Long live Mourinho!’
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has reacted with caution to Jose Mourinho’s prediction that his team will reach the World Cup final.
‘Balo should do his job’
Cesare Prandelli is adamant that Mario Balotelli should not place too much of a burden upon himself at the World Cup.
Prandelli: Positivity key
Cesare Prandelli says a positive attitude and pride are prerequisites in order to create a winning team.
‘Azzurri won’t be scared’
Cesare Prandelli says Italy will not be scared of their critics when they take on Brazilian club side Fluminense on Sunday.
Prandelli wants Azzurri unpredictability
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is pleased his team’s critics are struggling to work out their formation, insisting the Azzurri want to be unpredictable.
Ox: Fingers crossed
England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains hopeful of playing a major part in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
'We've been working like crazy'
Daniele De Rossi has praised Italy’s preparation for this summer’s World Cup, and believes that the Azzurri can do well in Brazil.
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