LIVEBLOG: Macedonia v Italy
Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s World Cup qualifier between Italy and Macedonia.
Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi start as Italy visit Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier.
Leonardo supports Verratti start
Former Milan and Inter Coach Leonardo is pleased to see Marco Verratti poised to start Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.
Italy ask after Alex Telles
There are reports Italy have contacted Alex Telles to see if the Porto full-back wants to represent the Azzurri.
Nestorovski fired up for Italy
Palermo forward Ilija Nestorovski is looking forward to tonight’s World Cup qualifier between Macedonia and Italy.
Ventura revolution in Macedonia?
Italy could make six changes to the starting XI for tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Macedonia after a 1-1 draw with Spain.
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FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio backed Giampiero Ventura’s Italy “experiments” in Macedonia and confirms he had to drop Graziano Pellè.
Italy midfield doubt in Macedonia
Italy released the squad numbers for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, but there’s confusion over Manolo Gabbiadini.
Angelovski: 'Italy the favourites'
Macedonia Coach Igor Angelovski warns Italy “are the absolute favourites, but we will try to give our best” in the World Cup qualifier.
Immobile fired up for Macedonia
Ciro Immobile is prepared to face Macedonia “with the dagger between my teeth,” but forgives Italy teammate Graziano Pellè.
Buffon: 'Italy building new identity'
Gigi Buffon blasted Riccardo Montolivo boo boys and assured Italy are “building a new identity” with Giampiero Ventura ahead of the trip to Macedonia.
Ventura: 'That can't be Italy'
Giampiero Ventura admits he’d “change a few things” against Spain and will start Marco Verratti in Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Macedonia.
Ventura: 'Pelle' stained image'
Graziano Pellè “stained the image” of the Italy squad with his “unacceptable behaviour,” said Coach Giampiero Ventura.
Pandev: 'Macedonia can't wait'
Genoa striker Goran Pandev explains Macedonia have been anxiously awaiting their World Cup qualifier with Italy for some time.
Reina told off Diego Costa
Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina was caught on camera telling off Diego Costa for bad behaviour in the 1-1 draw with Italy.
Italy overhaul in Macedonia
Italy are planning massive changes to the line-up against Macedonia, with Marco Verratti, Antonio Candreva, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti.
Gomez: 'Ready to play for Italy'
Atalanta winger Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez confessed he “would love to play for Italy, as I’ve been here many years and it’s like my home.”
U21: Milan's Locatelli called up
Milan talent Manuel Locatelli has received his first call-up to the Italy Under-21 side for the clash with Lithuania.
Official: Montolivo out for six months
Riccardo Montolivo underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament and the Milan captain will be out for five to six months.
Verratti agent: 'Italy, Juve and Napoli'
Marco Verratti “will play against Macedonia” tomorrow, said the Italy midfielder’s agent, who also discussed PSG, Napoli and Juventus.
Pelle' 'behaviour unacceptable'
Italy team manager Lele Oriali noted Graziano Pellè was kicked out of the squad after “unacceptable behaviour.”
Official: Chiellini leaves Italy camp
The FIGC has confirmed that Giorgio Chiellini has left the Italy camp after picking up a calf injury.
Chiellini leaves Italy camp
Multiple reports suggest Giorgio Chellini has left the Italy camp after suffering a calf injury in training.
Benassi replaces Montolivo
Torino midfielder Marco Benassi has been called-up to replace Riccardo Montolivo in the Italy squad.
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