Giorgio Chiellini is an injury doubt for Italy’s friendlies with Argentina and England, with Angelo Ogbonna added to the Azzurri squad.
Alessio Romagnoli is suffering from a muscular problem, ruling him out of both Milan-Chievo and Italy’s upcoming friendlies.
Milan full-back Davide Calabria is injured and Patrick Cutrone moves to the senior Italy squad, so Sassuolo defender Claud Adjapong is called for the Under-21 side.
Interim Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio named his squad to face Argentina and England, including Gigi Buffon and Federico Chiesa, but not Mario Balotelli.
Carlo Ancelotti has again refused to rule himself out of the running for the Italy job. “It’s a decision I still have not made.”
It’s reported Nice forward Mario Balotelli will be left out of Gigi Di Biagio’s first Italy squad to face England and Argentina.
Roberto Mancini admits “coaching Italy one day would be an extraordinary thing” but is focused on Zenit St Petersburg right now.
Fiorentina announced they will gather together all the items left at the Stadio Franchi gates in tribute to Davide Astori.
Sassuolo aren’t in the Europa League this year, so defender Francesco Acerbi uses his Thursdays to do voluntary work.
Juventus have provided 140 players for the Italian national team over the past 120 years, statistics reveal, with Inter second on 104.
Torino youngster Simone Edera has been given his first call-up for the Italy Under-21s, as Alberico Evani names his first squad.
England have named their squad to face Italy at Wembley, including new faces Nick Pope and Alfie Mawson.
Interim Italy CT Luigi Di Biagio insists “friendlies don’t exist”, so he’s targeting results against Argentina and England.
FIGC director Alessandro Costacurta confirms a new Italy boss will be chosen “in the next 15 days. We know what we want to do and what we can do.”
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed Harry Kane is out for the rest of the month, so he’ll miss England’s friendly with Italy.
Legendary Coach Arrigo Sacchi laments “until we have a style” it’ll be hard for Serie A teams to improve in Europe.
Mario Balotelli confirms “I love the national team and would run back” but doesn’t know if interim Italy CT Luigi Di Biagio will call him up.
Juventus and Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon explains “as long as I want to suffer, to fight, I’ll continue”.
Lautaro Martinez admits Inter’s interest in him is ‘a great thing’ after being called up to the Argentina squad for their friendly against Italy.
Carlo Ancelotti says becoming Italy’s next CT is ‘not a remote possibility’ and that he would not treat the job as his last in football.
Luigi Di Biagio admits Gianluigi Buffon’s presence in the Italy set-up is ‘crucial’ as the goalkeeper has a role to play “off the pitch”.
Jose Mourinho insists that while Inter’s lack of silverware is making him ‘suffer’, Juventus will also have “times like these”.
Francesco Totti may have retired from professional football, but he’s still creating extraordinary goals with his trademark chip.
Interim Italy boss Gigi Di Biagio insists calling Gigi Buffon would not be “a favour, as we need him,” while Mario Balotelli and Marco Verratti are under the spotlight.
Luciano Spalletti said Davide Astori’s passing showed that “in this sport we are much more deeply connected than you might think.”