AZZURRI

Leonardo Bonucci concedes failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup “is a black mark that will never be wiped away. It was catastrophic.”
Italy are unbeaten at San Siro, but have drawn their last four here, while Milan joins Rome as the most popular Azzurri venue after hosting Portugal tonight.
Sassuolo wing-back Claud Adjapong fractured his fibula during the Italy Under-21 friendly against England this week.
Milan’s injury crisis just keeps getting worse, as Davide Calabria and Alessio Romagnoli pulled out of their respective Italy squads.
Italy are expected to start Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa, while Portugal rely on Andre Silva, Joao Cancelo and Mario Rui.
Moise Kean will be called up to the Italy squad for the friendly against the U.S.A, along with Atalanta’s Gianluca Mancini.
Giorgio Chiellini insists “I’m not irreplaceable” for Italy - though he is the top-scorer in the current squad.
Roberto Mancini doesn’t think Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence is a huge boost for Italy - “Portugal are European champions…”
Italy CT Roberto Mancini defends his decision to play young players in the Nations League - “if you never play it’s difficult”.
William Carvalho expects “a difficult atmosphere” for Portugal at San Siro tomorrow, as they face Italy in the Nations League.
Portugal Coach Fernando Santos declares “we’re not here to play on the counter-attack”, ahead of the crunch Nations League game with Italy.
Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has reportedly pulled out of the Italy squad with a muscle injury.
Italy CT Roberto Mancini is reportedly tracking foreign-born Sebastian Driussi, Ignacio Pussetto and Luiz Felipe.
Domenico Berardi was again trialled as a false nine by Italy, but Ciro Immobile is expected to lead the line against Portugal instead.
Patrick Cutrone can’t believe England beat Italy at Under-21 level when “we created so many more chances,” but is ready to replace Gonzalo Higuain at Milan.
Moise Kean was on target for the Italy Under-21 side against England, but admits he doesn’t know if he’ll leave Juventus in January.
Coach Gigi Di Biagio insists he is “satisfied despite the result” after Italy’s Under-21 side lost 2-1 to England in a friendly.
Dominic Solanke’s brace gave England the 2-1 friendly win in Ferrara, as Moise Kean’s header was the only one of the Italy Under-21 team’s many chances to go in.
Lorenzo Pellegrini is making his dreams come true for both Roma and Italy. “I really liked Daniele De Rossi when I was a kid. Now he is my friend and teammate.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma admits he was “too embarrassed to talk to Cristiano Ronaldo” and is proud to represent Italy against Portugal.
Portugal have called up Real Sociedad defender Kevin Rodrigues for their Nations League games against Italy and Poland, replacing Andre Gomes.
Roberto Mancini has still not decided who to use in attack against Portugal, as Ciro Immobile and Domenico Berardi are both tested.
West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna could return to Serie A for Roma or Milan, it’s reported.
Italy CT Roberto Mancini confirms the objective was “to reach the final phase of the Nations League”.
Cagliari striker Leonardo Pavoletti is in doubt for Italy’s games against Portugal and USA due to a muscular problem.