Costa Rica draw with Ireland
Italy’s Group D opponents Costa Rica have drawn their second World Cup friendly against Republic of Ireland.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Varese hold play-out advantage
Varese have taken a giant step towards Serie B survival by beating Novara 2-0 in the first leg of the relegation play-out between the sides.
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.
Capello’s Russia beat Morocco
Fabio Capello’s Russia continued their World Cup preparations with a 2-0 friendly win over Morocco today.
‘Lazio want to meet Donadoni’
It is reported that Lazio are interested in holding discussions with Roberto Donadoni over their coaching position.
‘Masch farewell was certain’
FIFA agent Bernardo Brovarone says Javier Mascherano was ‘certain’ to leave Barcelona before the arrival of Luis Enrique.
Ox: Fingers crossed
England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains hopeful of playing a major part in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Ince turns down Inter
Tom Ince has reportedly ended speculation that he is to join Inter by saying his immediate future lies in England’s Premier League.
Silvio on Pippo, Balo and Seedorf
Silvio Berlusconi has praised Milan Coach to be Pippo Inzaghi, saying he matches all the requirements the Rossoneri are looking for.
Isla agent: No Inter contact
Mauricio Isla’s agent has denied reports that the Juventus defender could be on his way to Inter.
Strama: Udinese was the right choice
Andrea Stramaccioni has insisted that Udinese was the right team for him, having been out of the game for a year.
Official: Alex completes Milan move
Milan have confirmed that Brazilian defender Alex has signed a two-year contract with the club.
Ribery to miss the World Cup
France winger Franck Ribery has been officially ruled out of the World Cup with a back injury.
Supercoppa in the Middle East?
Next season’s Supercoppa looks set to be played on foreign soil, with Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai all possible destinations.
Verona 'have to listen' to Iturbe offers
Verona sporting director Sean Sogliano has conceded that Juan Iturbe is likely to leave the club if the right offer arrives.
Insigne agent: Arsenal link gratifying
Lorenzo Insgine’s agent has admitted that it is ‘gratifying’ to hear that a club like Arsenal is interested in his client.
Colantuono 'happy to stay' at Atalanta
Stefano Colantuono has claimed he is happy to stay at Atalanta until 2017, and has revealed his transfer strategy for the summer.
Klose hints at retirement
Miroslav Klose has hinted that he could retire from the game at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Report: Mandzukic not interested in Milan
Milan’s proposed move for Mario Mandzukic is unlikely to bear fruit, with the striker only willing to join teams offering European football.
'Every player has a value'
Daniele De Rossi has defended his right to be paid the highest wages in Serie A, insisting that he hasn’t ‘stolen’ the money.
'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.
De Rossi: I’m not a killer
Daniele De Rossi says he wouldn’t implement a code of ethics if he were a Coach, and outlines that he is ‘not a killer, nor a thug’.
De Rossi: At 20, I should’ve left
Daniele De Rossi has admitted that he perhaps should have left Roma and Italian football earlier in his career.
Mascherano remains undecided
Javier Mascherano is described as still undecided about his future, despite his agent meeting with Barcelona yesterday.
Napoli close in on Janmaat
Il Mattino believe that Napoli have pipped Juventus to agreeing a deal for Feyenoord full-back Daryl Janmaat.
Lazio to double Candreva wages
Lazio are seen as having reached agreement with Udinese to take full ownership of Antonio Candreva and will then reportedly double his wages.
‘Giovinco to Palermo? No, renewal’
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent has dismissed links to Palermo and says talks over a new contract at Juventus are imminent.
Italy arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Italy’s World Cup squad have touched down in Rio de Janeiro after a 12-hour flight from Rome and will now transfer to their training base.
‘Roma, Milan want me, but…’
Davide Santon has commented that speculation of interest from Milan and Roma is not wide of the mark.
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