Friday June 20 2014
Report: Barzagli to start for Azzurri

Sky Sport Italia report that Andrea Barzagli has shaken off injury concerns and will start for Italy against Costa Rica today.

It had been feared that the Juventus defender, who played in the Azzurri’s opening World Cup win over England, would miss the encounter with the Central Americans following a season in which he has struggled with niggling problems.

However, reports coming out of Brazil today indicate the experienced centre-back will be fit to take his place in Cesare Prandelli’s starting 11 in Recife, meaning club teammate Leonardo Bonucci will have to settle for a place on the bench.

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