AZZURRI

Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes Claudio Ranieri and Mario Balotelli should form part of the new-look Italy.
Luca Toni admits Italy need more than Luigi Di Biagio and warns “if our football is only managed by bosses, we’ll have the same outcome as before.”
Caretaker Italy CT Luigi Di Biagio has named his squad for next week’s training camp at Coverciano.
Italy will face the Netherlands at Juventus Stadium on June 4, the FIGC has officially confirmed.
Yann Karamoh’s agent has claimed that French players “don’t want to come to Italy anymore” but insists the winger is doing “very well” at Inter.
Nantes’ owner has confirmed that he will not stand in Claudio Ranieri’s way of becoming the next Italy CT.
Chievo’s Emanuele Giaccherini accepts his Italy career is probably ‘over’ but assures “I haven’t given up and I’ve never closed the door.”
Claudio Ranieri confirmed “if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes President and ask to be released.”
Antonio Conte confessed Chelsea “have a tendency to fire their Coaches. I intend to respect my contract, but both parties need to be happy.”
Interim Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio has hinted at a possible recall for Nice striker Mario Balotelli.
The new Italy Coach will be “a selector of players, so that restricts” the options for the job, said FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini.
Andrea Pirlo confirmed his testimonial will be at San Siro on May 21, but also commented on the Nazionale, Scudetto race, Gigi Buffon and Milan.
Angelo Ogbonna “would love to play for Italy again” after recovering from knee surgery, “but for now West Ham is more important.”
Daniele De Rossi admits he used to “have a terrible rapport with referees and deserved all my red cards,” confessing to his biggest Roma and Italy regrets.
Alessandro Costacurta warned the FIGC “must find a new Italy Coach quickly, but Max Allegri, Luciano Spalletti and Antonio Conte are all under contract.”
Daniele De Rossi admits he is open to continuing his Italy career. “I’ve always seen the Nazionale as a family and if the new Coach calls…”
Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is statistically the most promising teenage player in Europe, ahead of Kylian Mbappé and Christian Pulisic.
Roberto Baggio is one of the greatest football players of all time, but we never saw him at full fitness and are fortunate we got to enjoy him at all.
Today is Roberto Baggio’s 51st birthday, so Football Italia has put together his top five goals - or, at least, five of his best.
Beppe Signori celebrates his 50th birthday today and looks back over his career. “If it had been plain sailing, it wouldn’t have been fun.”
Antonio Conte won’t return to the Italy job, said his agent, “as he prefers to work on a daily basis. I see him at Chelsea next year.”
Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa believes he has football in his “DNA” and sees plenty of young Italian talent coming through.
Former Genoa prodigy Pietro Pellegri has made his Ligue 1 debut for Monaco at the age of 16, beating Kylian Mbappe's record.
Caretaker Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio will name his first squad in a three-day training camp from February 26-28.
Roberto Mancini has arrived in Italy, but shrugged off questions about the Azzurri job. “I’m under contract with Zenit.”