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Roy Hodgson admits England have “given penalties a lot of thought” ahead of tonight’s quarter-final against Italy.
Sampdoria are in negotiations with Rafa Benitez, which shocked current Coach Beppe Iachini. “I was really let down.”
Italy have Riccardo Montolivo in for Thiago Motta with Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli against England in Kiev.
Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio warns Italy “have more creativity,” but England can do damage with Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.
Around 2,200 Italy fans are expected in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, though there are a predicted 10,000 England supporters.
Manchester City assistant Attilio Lombardo is confident Italy “will win 1-0” tonight against England with Mario Balotelli playing “a great game.”
Former England manager Fabio Capello reacted angrily when tabloids suggested he was ‘spying’ on them to help Italy prepare for the quarter-final.
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has tipped Mario Balotelli to be “the extra weapon that can take Italy to the Final.”
Sulley Muntari could reportedly have his wages halved as punishment for suffering a serious knee injury while on vacation.
Mario Balotelli “is not afraid of England, but maybe they are afraid of him,” said the Italy star’s agent.
Carlo Ancelotti believes Mario Balotelli “is the right man to lead Italy” in tonight’s Euro 2012 quarter-final with England.
Andrea Pirlo believes England were “fortunate” to reach the quarter-finals and are “very predictable.”
Cesare Prandelli has given some more hints as to his tactics against England and admits Italy “are not the best, but we are very determined.”
Joleon Lescott is confident he can get the better of Mario Balotelli tonight, just as he does in training for Manchester City.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has confirmed his move to Paris Saint-Germain and reveals the “affection of the Napoli fans was sometimes excessive.”
Alessandro Nesta admits he “wanted to play in the MLS, but no club contacted me with an offer,” so he could opt for retirement.
Thiago Motta insists he is fully recovered and “ready if Cesare Prandelli wants me” to face England tonight.
Lazio are reportedly down to details in their negotiations with Trabzonspor talent Burak Yilmaz for €5m.
The big question is Riccardo Montolivo or Thiago Motta as Italy prepare to face England in tonight’s Euro 2012 quarter-final.
Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo says the squad has “already been drawn up for next season and we don’t need to sell.”
Marco Verratti has been taken off the market and Pescara explain it is because “we had enough of this tug of war.”
Fabio Borini is now owned outright by Roma after a blind auction with Parma and this represents “a dream come true.”
Gigi Buffon does not believe England-Italy will go to penalties, but points out the Azzurri “always do well against the big teams.”
Claudio Marchisio believes in Italy’s chances of beating England tonight and “would like to swap shirts with Steven Gerrard” at the final whistle.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Xabi Alonso made the most of his opportunity and a late penalty, as Spain pushed past France 2-0 to reach the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
Francesco Totti is humble when asked what position he’ll hold in Zdenek Zeman’s Roma. “We’ll see where and if I’ll play...”
Alessandro Diamanti will remain at Bologna after the blind auction, which his club confirms was “like a poker game.”
There are reports Roma will not take up their option to sign midfielder Marquinho on a permanent basis.
Andrea Barzagli was told off by Coach Cesare Prandelli when he accidentally revealed Italy’s tactics for the quarter-final with England.
Mario Balotelli held a rare Press conference, insisting he “doesn’t have to prove anything to the English, Italians or anyone else.”
Cesare Prandelli refused to give clues as to Italy’s system or players in the Euro 2012 quarter-final with England. “I have no tactical doubts.”
Steven Gerrard has praised Italy’s midfield for their “superb technique” and believes the quarter-final with England could be decided there.
Roy Hodgson insists he doesn’t “know what they mean” when people say England play in an Italian style.
Martin Jorgensen worked with both Cesare Prandelli and Roy Hodgson and explains the similarities and differences between the tacticians.

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