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Tuesday October 11 2011
Buffon appreciates Italy focus

Gigi Buffon admires Italy's focus “in a game that could feel like a friendly” against Northern Ireland.

“Our concentration and determination wasn't the maximum in a game that could feel like a friendly, but despite that we still played good football and scored goals, so that bodes well for the future,” he said of their 3-0 victory.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Osvaldo: 'I hope for many more caps'

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was overjoyed with his senior Italy debut. “I hope to notch up many more caps in my career.”

The Roma striker is the latest of the Oriundi to play for the Azzurri, although the Argentine-born talent had already played at Under-21 level.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Euro 2012: The teams

The Euro 2012 qualifying group phase has ended with 12 automatic entries and eight nations in the play-offs.

Italy topped Group C and join Germany, Russia, France, Holland, Greece, England, Denmark and Spain.

Also qualified are co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, plus Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden as the best runners-up thanks to tonight's 3-2 Group E victory over Holland.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
De Sanctis tipped to appear

Napoli 'keeper Morgan De Sanctis will reportedly make a substitute appearance for Italy against Northern Ireland this evening.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Italy confirm November friendlies

With Euro 2012 qualification secured, Italy will play Poland and Uruguay in international friendlies next month.

The Azzurri will face Poland at Wroclav, a Euro 2012 venue, on November 11 before taking on Uruguay in Italy on November 15.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Pirlo still key for Prandelli

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has underlined the importance of Andrea Pirlo to his Azzurri side ahead of tonight's Northern Ireland game.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Maldini analyses Prandelli's Italy

Paolo Maldini will receive an award before tonight's Italy-Northern Ireland game and gives his view of the current Azzurri squad.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Line-ups: Giovinco's Irish chance

Sebastian Giovinco receives his first Italy start in Italy's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Northern Ireland.

The Azzurri have already booked their spot in the tournament with seven wins and two draws, having conceded only two goals.

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Monday October 10 2011
Schelotto wants Azzurri career

Atalanta's Ezequiel Schelotto insists that he has the right to play for Italy should he be called up into the international set-up.

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Monday October 10 2011
Giovinco set for Italy shirt

Sebastian Giovinco looks set to start alongside Antonio Cassano in Italy's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Northern Ireland.

With qualification already secured before this month's last two games, boss Cesare Prandelli will experiment on Tuesday by handing the in-form Parma player a place in the XI.

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