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Friday March 27 2020
Wembley lights up for England-Italy

Wembley Stadium has lit up with the colours of the Italy flag, on an evening when the Azzurri were supposed to take on England.

The two nations were scheduled to play tonight, as part of their respective preparations for Euro 2020.

However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the friendly to be called off, with both countries in the midst of lockdown.

To mark the occasion, the arch of Wembley Stadium – due to be hosting the game – has been lit up green, white and red.

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Friday March 27 2020
Insigne hails Gattuso rapport

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne confirms he has a “really good” relationship with Gennaro Gattuso and that Italy have “the aim of winning” Euro 2021.

The Napoli squad is currently in self-isolation as part of Italy’s nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and Insigne explained how he and his colleagues were coping.

“We’re all working hard at home,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday March 27 2020
Zaniolo: 'Better with each day'

Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo admits his ACL injury felt like “a hammer blow” but assures “I feel better and better with each day.”

Zaniolo remains on the mend after rupturing knee ligaments against Juventus in January and had been due to miss Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign.

However, he could be back in time to end the season with Roma if a coronavirus extension is granted, while the European Championship has been put back to 2021.

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Friday March 27 2020
Gravina confirms Scudetto winner

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has confirmed that there will be a Scudetto winner this season, despite there being still no sign of a resumption.

Gravina has always maintained that the 2019-20 campaign will be completed, although the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy keeps an abandonment a very real possibility.

“There’s a plan, to which we’ve given absolute priority,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday March 27 2020
Malago: 'Football could follow rugby'

Italian Olympics chief Giovanni Malago has claimed that the rugby federation’s decision to cancel the season “will happen in other sports too”.

It was announced this morning that the professional rugby season had been abandoned, yet the FIGC continues to hold out for a conclusion to the campaign.

However, Malago – while disagreeing with the FIR’s timing – expects other sports to follow suit.

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Friday March 27 2020
Bastoni: '10 years at Inter'

Alessandro Bastoni says he can see himself at Inter for the next 10 years, “with some trophies in the cabinet and maybe the captaincy.”

Bastoni returned to Inter last summer after a loan spell at Parma and has gradually broken into their first team, displacing the vastly-experienced Diego Godin at the back.

“At first I was scared, I was afraid of not being good enough for Inter,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It wasn’t because of my €31m price tag but rather the expectations of the fans and Conte.

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Friday March 27 2020
Cannavaro: 'No longer in isolation'

Fabio Cannavaro says “life is getting back to normal” in China after his isolation ended, “so this must give us hope in Italy.”

Cannavaro has spent the duration of the coronavirus pandemic in China due to his role as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.

China is also where the outbreak of COVID-19 originated, but the former Italy captain believes the situation is now under control.

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Friday March 27 2020
Italian rugby cancels season

The Italian Rugby Federation has officially cancelled the 2019-20 season in light of the coronavirus crisis.

A statement released by the FIR this morning confirmed there would be no champions, promotions or relegations in any of its 19-20 league competitions.

The federation says this decision was taken to “protect the health and future” of its players, show it has “ethical” values and give clubs time to plan for next season.

The FIR operates four divisions - the Top12, Serie A, Serie B and Serie C.

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Wednesday March 25 2020
Gilardino: 'Football will help push Italy on'

Pro Vercelli coach Alberto Gilardino thinks football “will be one of the many vehicles to push Italy forward” when the country comes out of quarantine.

The former Italy international retired from football in September 2018, after a stint at Spezia Calcio, but left behind an illustrious career at the top level, where he picked up a World Cup winners medal and the Champions League during his stint at Milan.

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Monday March 23 2020
Albertini: 'Italy will beat COVID-19'

Former Milan hero Demetrio Albertini has said Italy is currently “playing one of the most important matches in history” and will eventually beat the COVID-19.

The Coronavirus outbreak has painted a horrifying picture in Italy and the measures taken has left the country at a standstill.

Albertini was capped 79 times by Italy during his illustrious career - including spells at Lazio, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

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