AZZURRI

Former Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi admits he felt “very sick” by Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Sami Khedira has vowed to help Juventus teammate Gianluigi Buffon win the Champions League this season after being ‘hurt’ by his post-Sweden tears.
Italy Under-21 winger Riccardo Orsolini dedicated his late winner against Russia to Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini. “Let’s hope he plays me more now!”
Former Palermo and Italy midfielder Franco Vazquez admits he will “never say never” to a return to Serie A.
Paolo Maldini claims “I still see the same faces in Italian football from when I quit the national team 15 years ago.”
Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly opened talks with FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio over becoming Italy’s new CT.
Germany boss Joachim Low has hailed Daniele De Rossi for his moment of ‘greatness’ after he refused to warm up during Italy-Sweden.
Former Juventus man Luciano Moggi has claimed that Giampiero Ventura was set for Lazio before Italy and described the CT as “unfit and a dud.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino insists Carlo Tavecchio is doing a “great job” as FIGC chief, despite calls for him to step down.
Italy legend Dino Zoff admits their World Cup no-show “hurts so much” but believes a bright future is in store if the Azzurri “start trusting” youth.
Paulo Dybala admits “it’ll be strange not to see Italy at the World Cup” but believes their no-show can “help them change their style of play.”
Giampiero Ventura is still refusing to resign after failing to get Italy to the World Cup and insists “I lost only two games in two years.”
Reports in America suggest the U.S. Soccer Federation will invite Italy, the Netherlands, Ghana and Chile for a pre-World Cup tournament.
Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio doesn’t want to talk about replacing Giampiero Ventura, but “we’ve been sending warnings for years.”
While Carlo Ancelotti is the preferred choice for many, Roberto Mancini is emerging as the favourite to replace Giampiero Ventura as Italy Coach.
IKEA have mocked Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden with a new advertisement on Twitter.
Lorenzo Insigne has “apologised to all of Italy” for the World Cup exit, but refused to blame Giampiero Ventura. “You have to accept everything.”
Italy missed a Patrick Cutrone penalty, but completed a comeback to beat Russia in a 3-2 thriller. “We lost our shape,” complained Gigi Di Biagio.
Dino Zoff criticised Giampiero Ventura, pointing out “you must also know how to be a Coach and not just a selector of players.”
Andrea D’Amico, the agent representing Domenico Criscito and Sebastian Giovinco, complains they were “ignored” by the Italy squad.
Gigi Buffon’s tears at missing the 2018 World Cup prompted a video message from his hero: Cameroon legend Thomas N’Kono.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis slammed Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura for misusing Lorenzo Insigne. “I fired him in Serie C after three months.”
Torino President Urbano Cairo said he “didn’t see the Giampiero Ventura I knew. He looked like a guest” on the Italy bench.
Giuseppe Rossi sent a message to Italy fans after they failed to reach the World Cup. “I hope to be back defending our jersey as soon as possible.”
Inter and Italy legend Beppe Bergomi believes the FIGC should get Jose Mourinho or Roberto Mancini as the next CT.