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Wednesday November 17 2010
Display frustrates captain Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi was happy to act as Italy captain for the first time in his career, but concedes the performance was disappointing.

The Villarreal starlet was chosen as captain because he was the one with the most caps in the starting XI, even though it was only his 18th.

“It was emotional to wear the captain's armband. I played 45 minutes and am happy enough with the result. We can all go home and focus on our clubs now,” he said.

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Wednesday November 17 2010
Ranocchia happy with Italy debut

Andrea Ranocchia was pleased with his senior Italy debut, above all the second half against Romania.

“I think it was a good enough performance in the circumstances, especially when we poured forward to get the result,” said the Genoa defender.

He was one of four debutants in the starting XI and only two played the full 90 minutes, Ranocchia and Federico Balzaretti, as Cristian Ledesma and Alessandro Diamanti were replaced at half-time.

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Wednesday November 17 2010
Aquilani's nervous Azzurri return

Alberto Aquilani made his Italy comeback after almost two years and confessed the side had a few “nerves” against Romania.

“In the first half we were too nervous and didn't give enough depth to the game. After the break we had more space and were able to move the ball around quicker,” said the Juventus midfielder of their 1-1 draw.

“It wasn't easy, as many of us were playing together for the first time, but it's not an alibi as with the Nazionale you must always try to give your best.

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Tuesday November 16 2010
Aquilani thanks Juve for Italy recall

Alberto Aquilani is back in the Italy squad and set to start against Romania. “I am here thanks to Juventus and Gigi Del Neri.”

The former Roma and Liverpool midfielder had fallen out of favour with the Azzurri after a series of injury problems.

“From the time I started to find consistency at Liverpool last season, my mind was on getting back into the Nazionale,” said Aquilani.

“Now I have managed it and I above all must thank Juventus and Coach Del Neri, who put their faith in me and gave me consistent playing time.

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Tuesday November 16 2010
Ranocchia ready for Italy debut

Andrea Ranocchia is set for his senior Italy debut against Romania. “It's up to me to win over the Coach and stay as a regular.”

The Under-21 international has received a call from Cesare Prandelli and is in the confirmed starting XI for tomorrow's friendly in Klagenfurt.

“It goes without saying that I'm very happy to be here, as it's the dream of everyone who plays football to represent their country,” said the Genoa defender.

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Tuesday November 16 2010
Diamanti and Ledesma to start?

It looks likely that Italy boss Cesare Prandelli will start with Alessandro Diamanti and Cristian Ledesma against Romania in Klagenfurt tomorrow night.

The pair featured in Prandelli's 'preferred XI' in Italy's final training session at Coverciano before they catch a flight to Austria later this afternoon.

Prandelli experimented with a 4-3-1-2 formation whereby Diamanti took up a position in the hole behind Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi up front.

Incidentally, Balotelli will wear the No 10 shirt.

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Tuesday November 16 2010
Prandelli gives four debuts

It's now confirmed that four players will make their full international debuts for Italy against Romania in Klagenfurt on Wednesday evening.

As reported earlier today, Cesare Prandelli has experimented with a number of new faces in his final training session and they will start.

Lazio's Argentina-born Cristian Ledesma will make his bow, alongside Alberto Aquilani who returns to the fold after an injury-plagued couple of years.

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Monday November 15 2010
Prandelli: 'I won't abandon Cassano'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli believes Antonio Cassano must be helped and says that he doesn't intend to abandon the troubled Sampdoria star.

The Italian FA officially started arbitration proceedings to cancel Cassano's contract today for "insubordination and gross misconduct" at Sampdoria's request.

Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone will not forgive the 28-year-old following a training ground bust-up in October and is more than prepared to lose an asset worth £10m on a matter of principle.

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Monday November 15 2010
Ledesma: 'I feel Italian'

Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma insists that he feels like an Italian and not like an Oriundo on being called up to represent the Azzurri.

The 28-year-old Argentine, who has an Italian passport, is one of four new faces in Cesare Prandelli's squad ahead of this week's friendly against Romania.

"I don't feel like an Oriundo," he said. "I feel Italian and it's for this reason that I am happy. Actually I am overjoyed to be called up to the Italy squad.

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Monday November 15 2010
Marchisio out of Romania tie

Claudio Marchisio has left Italy's training base after he was ruled out of Wednesday's friendly against Romania.

The Juventus ace, who was replaced in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Roma, is struggling with a muscle problem in his right leg.

Former Under-21 international Marchisio underwent medical tests in Florence earlier today which illustrated a slight problem.

Although the issue is not thought to be very serious, Italy boss Cesare Prandelli doesn't want to run any risks.

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