World Cup 14
Barzagli: 'Italy silenced England'
Andrea Barzagli admits he was nervous during the shoot-out, but credited total concentration for Italy keeping England ineffective.
Bonucci: 'England hurt Rooney'
Leonardo Bonucci believes England’s negative approach contributed to keeping Wayne Rooney quiet.
Montolivo's penalty pain
Riccardo Montolivo admits “it was terrible” when he missed a penalty in the shoot-out, but relieved as Italy did send England out.
Buffon: 'Italy clearly superior'
Gianluigi Buffon admits he “feared an upset,” but also took credit for advising Alessandro Diamanti on the decisive penalty.
Pirlo: 'Why I chipped Hart'
Andrea Pirlo reveals why he decided an audacious chip in the penalty shoot-out against England. “It put pressure on them.”
De Rossi: 'Pirlo like Totti!'
Daniele De Rossi likened Andrea Pirlo’s chipped penalty to Francesco Totti’s in the Euro 2000 shoot-out.
Diamanti: 'Justice was done'
Alessandro Diamanti reveals what he was thinking when scoring the decisive spot-kick for Italy against England.
Prandelli: 'We deserved it'
Cesare Prandelli said Italy “deserved to win, as we played better than well, had patience and above all ideas” against England.
Italy win England shoot-out!
Italy dominated the match with England and hit the woodwork twice, but eventually pushed England out 4-2 on penalties!
Hodgson 'thought about penalties'
Roy Hodgson admits England have “given penalties a lot of thought” ahead of tonight’s quarter-final against Italy.
Iachini 'let down' by Sampdoria
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.
Di Canio reads England-Italy
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 in Kiev
Around 2,200 Italy fans are expected in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, though there are a predicted 10,000 England supporters.
Lombardo tips Italy victory
Manchester City assistant Attilio Lombardo is confident Italy “will win 1-0” tonight against England with Mario Balotelli playing “a great game.”
Capello not 'spying' on England
Former England manager Fabio Capello reacted angrily when tabloids suggested he was ‘spying’ on them to help Italy prepare for the quarter-final.
Tardelli: 'Balo can reach Final'
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has tipped Mario Balotelli to be “the extra weapon that can take Italy to the Final.”
Muntari wages halved after injury?
Sulley Muntari could reportedly have his wages halved as punishment for suffering a serious knee injury while on vacation.
'England fear Balotelli'
Mario Balotelli “is not afraid of England, but maybe they are afraid of him,” said the Italy star’s agent.
Ancelotti: 'Balotelli the key'
Carlo Ancelotti believes Mario Balotelli “is the right man to lead Italy” in tonight’s Euro 2012 quarter-final with England.
Pirlo: 'England are predictable'
Andrea Pirlo believes England were “fortunate” to reach the quarter-finals and are “very predictable.”
Prandelli: 'Italy are determined'
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.”
Lescott: 'I usually beat Mario'
Joleon Lescott is confident he can get the better of Mario Balotelli tonight, just as he does in training for Manchester City.
Lavezzi: 'Napoli fans excessive'
Ezequiel Lavezzi has confirmed his move to Paris Saint-Germain and reveals the “affection of the Napoli fans was sometimes excessive.”
Nesta: 'I've had no MLS offers'
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: 'I'm ready'
Thiago Motta insists he is fully recovered and “ready if Cesare Prandelli wants me” to face England tonight.
Lazio close on Yilmaz
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 'have planned ahead'
Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo says the squad has “already been drawn up for next season and we don’t need to sell.”
Pescara explain Verratti move
Marco Verratti has been taken off the market and Pescara explain it is because “we had enough of this tug of war.”
Borini's Roma dream come true
Fabio Borini is now owned outright by Roma after a blind auction with Parma and this represents “a dream come true.”
Buffon: 'Italy can shine with England'
Gigi Buffon does not believe England-Italy will go to penalties, but points out the Azzurri “always do well against the big teams.”
Marchisio has eye on Gerrard
Claudio Marchisio believes in Italy’s chances of beating England tonight and “would like to swap shirts with Steven Gerrard” at the final whistle.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Xabi Alonso sinks France
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.
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