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Monday March 28 2016
Conte sticks with front-three?

Antonio Conte looks set to stick with a 3-4-3 shape for Italy’s friendly with Germany tomorrow.

The Azzurri deployed an attacking trident in the draw with Spain, winning plaudits for their performance in the match.

During this morning’s training session, the first part of which was open to the Press, the CT divided the squad into two teams.

Sky reports that one of these is likely to be the one which starts against Germany, likely the 3-4-3 shape with Lorenzo Insigne, Simone Zaza and Federico Bernardeschi up-front.

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Monday March 28 2016
Buffon: 'New cycle with Insigne'

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon discusses the end of his career and praises Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne: 'He can take the Azzurri to the next level.'

The Italy captain saw his team produce an excellent game against Spain last Thursday as they drew 1-1 with the holding European champions.

The game was somewhat overshadowed by polemics over Coach Antonio Conte's departure and speculation over his possible successor.

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Saturday March 26 2016
Trap: 'Gasp and Insigne for Italy'

Giovanni Trapattoni is “mad” about Lorenzo Insigne and tips Gian Piero Gasperini as the next Italy Coach.

Napoli talent Insigne had only been called up once for the Italy squad under Antonio Conte and pulled out with a knee injury.

He got his first cap since the 2014 World Cup and scored in a 1-1 friendly draw with Spain on Thursday.

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Friday March 25 2016
Are Italy finally making progress?

Edoardo Dalmonte asks whether last night’s 1-1 draw with Spain is evidence that the Azzurri are improving, or whether it masked some of their key weaknesses.

It is a telling sign that many of us would have signed below the dotted line for last night’s Azzurri performance. Was this a sign of how much Conte’s team had achieved, how low our expectations were, or both?

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Friday March 25 2016
Ibrahimovic linked to Napoli

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is linked to Napoli, whilst Lorenzo Insigne 'would love' to play with him.

The Swede's future remains uncertain as his contract with the French club expires this summer and he seems unlikely to renew.

Ibrahimovic has been linked to a variety of teams, including Milan and some Chinese clubs, but according to Swedish journalist Jennifer Wegerup, who has often dealt with the player personally, he could land at Napoli.

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Friday March 25 2016
Conte: 'Insigne? All clear'

Azzurri Coach Antonio Conte confirms the problems with Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne are sorted: 'We clarified'.

The 24-year-old is among Italy's most exciting strikers, but he dodged an international call-up in the past due to injury, which made Conte furious.

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Thursday March 24 2016
Insigne: 'Conte misunderstanding'

Lorenzo Insigne assures he “cleared up the misunderstanding” with Antonio Conte after scoring against Spain.

The Napoli talent came off the bench and found the net in this evening’s 1-1 friendly draw in Udine.

“It was a wonderful evening with a goal, it’s a shame about the result, but the important thing is we all had a good game and played with intensity,” he told Rai Sport.

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Thursday March 24 2016
Insigne inspires as Italy hold Spain

Lorenzo Insigne scored one and very nearly won it for Italy in an impressive 1-1 friendly draw with Spain.

See how it all unfolded and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.

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Thursday March 24 2016
Conte: ‘Italy will attack’

Antonio Conte promises a “bold” Italy at the European Championships but “we’re not favourites”.

The Azzurri are gearing up for the tournament in France this summer, facing holders Spain in a friendly in Udine tonight and the CT spoke to El Pais about Euro 2016.

“I have one certainty,” Conte explained.

“We have a group of players who get along, a team where there is harmony. We know we aren’t the favourites, there’s Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, and England who I think are being underestimated.

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Saturday March 19 2016
Italy: Jorginho, Insigne, Motta in

Jorginho and Federico Bernardeschi get their first senior Italy call, while Lorenzo Insigne and Thiago Motta return for friendlies against Spain and Germany.

Antonio Conte has named his squad for the two games as he builds up to Euro 2016, having already announced he’s leaving after the tournament.

The Azzurri host Spain at the Dacia Arena – formerly the Stadio Friuli – in Udine on Thursday March 24 and all 22,548 tickets are already sold out.

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