AZZURRI

Italy have leapfrogged Germany in the FIFA World Ranking, rising one place to 15th.
Former Roma and Italy striker Dani Osvaldo admits he “can’t say ‘no’ to Diego Maradona” if the new Gimnasia La Plata boss called him.
Inter boss Antonio Conte has criticised the Italian Press for being too ‘fixated’ on formations. “They don’t give a damn in England!”
Angelo Ogbonna admits “I’m lucky to be here” after surviving a road accident 11 years ago but disagrees black players should avoid Italy.
Francesco Totti, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Gianluca Zambrotta will play for Azzurri Legends against Germany.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly claims black players in Serie A risk becoming ‘prisoners of minorities’ unless Italy starts kicking out racist fans.
Former Roma and Italy striker Dani Osvaldo could be set for a return to football with Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia La Plata.
Italy midfielder Marco Verratti is reportedly close to signing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain worth €12m a season.
Former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi believes Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are his spiritual heirs. “We have the duty to make the public enjoy football.”
Milan talent Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best performing goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues in 2019, with Torino’s Salvatore Sirigu in third place.
Sergio Ramos believes Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk can pip Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or. “If Fabio Cannavaro won it...”
Italy Under-21 CT Paolo Nicolato believes there is more to come from his side after their 5-0 demolition of Luxembourg on Tuesday.
Italy started their European Under-21 Championship qualifiers with a 5-0 victory over Luxembourg and five different players on target, including Moise Kean.
Italy start with Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo again for their first European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Luxembourg.
Roma new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan says that he is braced for the pressures of playing for the Giallorossi.
Torino President Urbano Cairo says ‘it’s time for Walter Mazzarri’s contract to be renewed’ and that fielding Italian players is ‘very important’ for Serie A clubs.
Giuseppe Rossi claims he was Barcelona-bound in 2011, Inter are Juventus’ biggest challengers and Rocco Commisso is ‘serious’ about Fiorentina.
Former Fiorentina and Italy star Giuseppe Rossi has insisted that he is ready to play regular football again. “I’m waiting for a call.”
Jorginho intends to stay at Chelsea “for at least another four years,” said his agent, who also denied any Maurizio Sarri call from Juventus.
Roberto Donadoni sees “the right mentality, passion and team spirit” from the current Italy side and advises Chinese football on how to follow suit.
Italy begin their U21 Championship qualifiers against Luxembourg and Coach Paolo Nicolato urged Moise Kean and Nicolò Zaniolo to “learn from their mistakes.”
Alessandro Florenzi was happy to take on yet another new role for Italy against Finland. “We’re enjoying our football and that hasn’t happened in a long time.”
Leonardo Bonucci insists he wasn’t trying to get Armenia striker Aleksandr Karapetyan sent off. “I already had two stitches from an elbow.”
Finland Coach Markku Kanerva was unconvinced by the winning Italy penalty and warns Euro 2020 qualification is “far from over.”
Roberto Mancini insists Italy deserved to beat Finland by more than 2-1 considering their dominance and he could use Stefano Sensi with Marco Verratti in future.