Alessio Romagnoli is given his senior Italy debut from the start against Diego Costa’s Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
LIVEBLOG: Italy v Spain
Join us for the build-up and action to tonight’s huge World Cup qualifier between Italy and Spain in Turin.
Ventura: 'Italy won't settle for Spain draw'
Giampiero Ventura assures Italy “will not be happy with a draw” against Spain in tonight’s World Cup qualifier.
Reina: ‘Buffon is an example’
Pepe Reina describes Gianluigi Buffon as “an example for any goalkeeper” ahead of Italy vs Spain tonight.
Capello: I rejected Italy
Fabio Capello has revealed that he rejected the Italy job “in the past” but warns Spain the “Azzurri will be hungry like always” on Wednesday.
Italy: 3-5-2 for Spain?
Giampiero Ventura is reportedly set to stick with 3-5-2 when Italy take on Spain at Juventus Stadium in 2018 World Cup qualifying this evening.
Ventura: 'Balotelli must play for team'
Giampiero Ventura opened the door for Mario Balotelli’s return to the Italy squad, but “he needs to prove he can play for the team.”
Pique: 'Three-man defence decisive'
Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is concerned at Italy fielding a three-man defence and facing Alessandro Florenzi again.
Buffon: 'Balotelli welcome for Italy'
Italy captain Gigi Buffon is confident Mario Balotelli “would find space” in the Azzurri squad if he continues his current Nice form.
Koke: 'Italy have football in the blood'
Spain midfielder Koke warns “Italian teams have football in their blood, play with passion and never give up.”
Lopetegui: 'Italy haven't changed'
Spain Coach Julen Lopetegui feels Italy have not changed much in recent years and confirms Diego Costa will start rather than Alvaro Morata.
Ventura: 'Romagnoli gamble with Spain'
Giampiero Ventura is proud to take a “gamble” on senior Italy debutant Alessio Romagnoli against Spain and hopes for Turin luck.
Buffon: 'Italy desire beat Spain'
Gigi Buffon urged Italy to replicate the “passion and desire” that allowed them to beat Spain at Euro 2016 and joked about his “sell-by-date.”
U21: Pellegrini out, Gagliardini in
Lorenzo Pellegrini has left the Italy Under-21 camp with an injury, so Roberto Gagliardini is called up instead.
Ranieri: ‘Italy? Never say never…’
Claudio Ranieri is happy working abroad at Leicester City but “never say never” when it comes to the Italy job.
Cairo: ‘Cheering for Ventura’
Torino President Urbano Cairo “will be cheering” for Giampiero Ventura tomorrow, but Sinisa Mihajlovic doesn’t have to imitate him.
Napoli's Reina thinks Spain can win
Napoli’s Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has spoken about his Italian colleagues ahead of the Italy-Spain World Cup Qualifier on Thursday....
Morata looks forward to Azzurri reunion
Alvaro Morata has spoken about the Italy squad before the Azzurri take on Spain this Thursday.
Donnarumma 'learns from Buffon'
Gianluigi Donnarumma “wants to learn everything” from Italy teammate Gigi Buffon and promises you won’t see him with tattoos or diamond earrings.
Romagnoli to start Italy-Spain
Alessio Romagnoli and Daniele De Rossi are expected to start in a 3-5-2 formation as Italy face Spain in a World Cup qualifier.
Galli: 'Donnarumma best for 50 years'
Former Milan star Giovanni Galli believes Gianluigi Donnarumma “will be the best goalkeeper of the next 50 years.”
Busquets: 'Spain seek Italy revenge'
Sergio Busquets said Spain are “out for revenge” against Italy on Thursday after the elimination from Euro 2016.
Favre: 'Can't miss Balotelli brilliance'
Nice Coach Lucien Favre believes Mario Balotelli “can back on top of the world. You’d have to be blind not to see how good he is.”
Italy fined for anti-Israel gestures
The Italian FIGC has been fined €27,000 after some fans made a Nazi salute during the Israeli national anthem at the Sammi Ofer Stadium.
Bonucci: ‘Balotelli is maturing’
Leonardo Bonucci is confident Mario Balotelli “is starting to think like an adult” and hopes he can return to the Italy squad.
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