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Monday March 21 2011
Parolo: Italy call up is a dream

Cesena midfielder Marco Parolo considers his call up to the Italy squad to be a dream come true.

The 26-year-old was a surprise inclusion on Cesare Prandelli's list despite having an excellent month in which he scored against Juventus and Sampdoria.

"Until two days ago I hadn't even thought about it," Parolo admitted.

"It's a dream come true for me and I'm still finding it hard to believe.

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Monday March 21 2011
'Balotelli asked for help'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli claims Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has asked for his help.

The 20-year-old striker was sent off in a Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev last week.

Roberto Mancini was very critical of Balotelli and he wasn't called up to represent Italy.

The FIGC have implemented a code of ethics outlawing unsporting conduct.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi was also left out after his elbow against Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Sunday March 20 2011
Parolo gets debut call

Cesare Prandelli has frozen out Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli, but called Marco Parolo for the games against Slovenia and Ukraine.

Italy face two matches, as they travel to Ljubljana for the Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday March 25 and then to Kiev for the friendly against Ukraine on Tuesday March 29.

As expected, Roma midfielder De Rossi and Manchester City striker Balotelli have been frozen out for breaking the ‘code of ethics.'

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Sunday March 20 2011
De Rossi: 'I accept Italy exclusion'

Daniele De Rossi concedes “Cesare Prandelli does not owe me an explanation. I accept my exclusion from the Italy squad” on disciplinary reasons.

The Roma midfielder has been dropped for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly with Ukraine.

He, and Mario Balotelli, broke the ‘code of ethics' by receiving bans for violent conduct during their club outings in Europe.

“I accept my exclusion from the Italy squad, because I know there is a code of ethics and the rules are there to be respected,” said De Rossi.

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Sunday March 20 2011
Italy to drop De Rossi and Balotelli

Cesare Prandelli will name his Italy squad today for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Slovenia and friendly with Ukraine.

The Coach drew up a code of ethics for his players in October and has pledged to drop anyone who breaks it, at club or international level.

This is why Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Manchester City's Mario Balotelli will be left at home for these games, having been punished for violent conduct in Europe.

Andrea Ranocchia, Mattia Cassani and Andrea Pirlo are all suffering from injuries, so also miss out.

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Saturday March 19 2011
Italy: Slovenia call peninsula stars

There are eight peninsula-based players in the Slovenian squad for next week's Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy.

The two sides go head-to-head in Lubjana on Friday evening and Coach Matjaz Kek named his squad for the big game.

They include eight players who already ply their trade in the peninsula between Serie A, B and Lega Pro.

Palermo have three representatives: defender Sinisa Andelkovic, midfielder Armin Bacinovic and trequartista Josip Ilicic.

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Saturday March 19 2011
Italy to drop De Rossi and Balotelli

Cesare Prandelli is taking Italy's ‘code of ethics' very seriously, barring Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli from games against Slovenia and Ukraine.

In October the Coach announced he would be implementing a code of ethics for the Azzurri, warning the players would be dropped if they acted in a manner unbecoming of the international jersey.

He will name his squad for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Slovenia and the March 29 friendly trip to Ukraine this weekend, but two star names won't be there.

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Friday March 18 2011
Panucci wants Cannavaro call-up

Christian Panucci is astonished that Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro is not a part of the Italian national set-up.

"To not give a chance to Cannavaro after the season he has had is hard to explain," noted the former Azzurri international.

"I don't think it is a case of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli not liking him, but Prandelli should think about Paolo.

"He's really grown in the last few years and deserves a call-up. His form is consistently high and it's right that he should be selected."

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Thursday March 17 2011
Criscito: Happy Birthday Italy

Genoa full-back Domenico Criscito has wished Italy a happy birthday on the 150th anniversary of its unification.

The 24-year-old drew a curious comparison between his football club and his country.

"Come on, let's say it. Genoa is part of Italian history. The club has almost covered the same path.

"Genoa are 118-years-old and the unification of Italy is 150. The difference is minimal.

"Ours is a country of saints, poets, explorers and… football fans.

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Thursday March 17 2011
World Cup heroes mark Italy Day

It's the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, so World Cup winners Gigi Buffon, Simone Perrotta and Francesco Totti give their thoughts.

Italy became one nation on this day 150 years ago and there have been celebrations marking the event, including the anthem played before every Serie A game at the weekend.

“On the field I defend our colours, love our flag and sing our anthem,” said Juventus goalkeeper Buffon.

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