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Tuesday November 14 2017
Suso given Spain debut

Milan star Suso was given his full Spain debut in a 3-3 friendly with Russia, also featuring Napoli winger Jose Callejon.

These two players will face off against each other in Serie A on Saturday, but were teammates for La Roja this evening.

Suso was in the starting XI for his first senior Spain cap, just a few days before his 24th birthday.

He was replaced at half-time by Napoli wide man Callejon in the 4-3-3 formation.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Disgr-Ace Ventura - His Italy timeline

The CT has become the first man to fail to take Italy to a World Cup, and Football Italia looks back at his disastrous reign.

Words: Gaby McKay

“The idea of not qualifying for the World Cup would be an apocalypse,” FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio said in September. “But we’ll get there.”

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Monday November 13 2017
Ventura entirely to blame

Italy are out of the World Cup for the first time in 60 years and Adam Digby lays the blame squarely at the feet of Coach Giampiero Ventura.

For the first time since 1958, Italy will not be at the World Cup finals. After a qualification campaign that never saw them look confident or cohesive, the Azzurri will spend next summer watching the tournament on television. As they do so, the players will reflect on their part in what has undoubtedly been one of the worst two-year stints in the history of a proud national team of one of the game’s most prominent footballing countries.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Luis Alberto: 'Spain dream come true'

Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto experienced a “dream come true” after making his senior Spain debut at the age of 25.

“It’s a dream come true,” he told Cadena Cope.

“The whole world knows what a marvel it is to see these players train and compete up close.”

The former Sevilla, Liverpool, Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna man previously had just two caps for his country at Under-19 level and one with the Under-21 side.

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Thursday November 9 2017
Ventura: 'Satisfied with Italy record'

Giampiero Ventura defended his Italy record ahead of their World Cup play-off with Sweden. “I am satisfied with what we did since my arrival.”

The first leg of the World Cup play-off is in Stockholm tomorrow at 19.45 GMT, with the decider in Milan’s San Siro on Monday evening.

“I feel very calm. It is the most exciting and the most important match of my career, but just as risky as any other,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Luis Alberto: 'Don't stop believing'

Luis Alberto said his recall to the Spain squad after impressing with Lazio is “the best thing that has ever happened to me in football.”

The former Liverpool midfielder has contributed three goals and seven assists in 16 competitive games for the Aquile this season, earning him a recall to the Spain squad.

“This is the best thing that has ever happened to me in football,” the 25-year-old told Marca.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Bonucci: 'Missing World Cup not an option'

Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy that “missing out on the World Cup is not an option” ahead of their crunch play-off with Sweden.

The Azzurri visit Stockholm for the first leg on Friday evening, then the decider is at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Monday.

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Tuesday November 7 2017
Reina could miss Spain games

Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina could reportedly miss Spain’s friendlies with Costa Rica and Russia as he struggles with a back injury.

The veteran missed the 0-0 draw with Chievo on Sunday, but has nonetheless been called by La Roja for the two friendlies.

According to Marca, he will be subjected to a fitness test when he joins up with the national team, to see if he’s fit enough to play a part in the two matches.

Spain won’t risk Reina for the sake of two friendlies, so he could be left out of the games to recover.

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Saturday November 4 2017
Luis Alberto: 'Best moment of career'

Luis Alberto admits he has reached “the best moment of my career” after initially struggling at Lazio, culminating in a Spain call.

The former Liverpool midfielder has become a key figure in the side that is currently third in Serie A and the only team with a perfect Europa League record.

“Between January and February, I experienced the worst moment of my career,” he told Marca in Spain.

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Friday November 3 2017
Luis Alberto earns Spain call-up

Lazio attacker Luis Alberto has been called up to Spain’s squad for friendlies against Costa Rica and Russia over the next fortnight.

Luis Alberto’s run of four assists in Lazio’s last five Serie A games, helping the Aquile fly high in the table, sees him selected by Spain for the first time in his career.

He is joined from the Italian top flight by Napoli winger Jose Callejon and Milan midfielder Suso.

La Roja face Costa Rica on November 11, before travelling to Russia – hosts of next year’s World Cup - three days later.

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