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Friday November 11 2011
Don’t rule out Di Natale

Rob Paton argues that Antonio Di Natale remains in prime contention for Euro 2012 – even after his latest omission from the Italy squad.

With 65 goals and 14 assists in his last 80 League games, arguably only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a greater goals-per-game ratio in European football than Antonio Di Natale at the moment.

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Friday November 11 2011
Riva told Balotelli to speak

Italian legend Gigi Riva has revealed that it was his idea for Mario Balotelli to face the media this week.

Balotelli was questioned by journalists at the Azzurri’s Coverciano training base where he covered a variety of subjects.

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Friday November 11 2011
Zambrotta wants Italy recall

Milan veteran Gianluca Zambrotta has surprisingly stated that he hopes to be a part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.

The 34-year-old has played just once for his country since the 2010 World Cup, but he hasn’t given up his dream of wearing the Azzurri shirt again.

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Thursday November 10 2011
Chiellini goes on Italy defensive

Giorgio Chiellini wants Italy to again underline their defensive strength under Cesare Prandelli in the game against Poland.

Italy have conceded eight goals in 16 ties since Prandelli took charge after World Cup 2010, but only two of them came in their 10 Euro 2012 qualifying encounters.

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Thursday November 10 2011
Blondie’s revenge

With Ignazio Abate set to make his Italy debut in Poland, Scott Fleming wonders whether the Milan man can become the Azzurri’s new first choice right-back.

In the famous Italian spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,violence usually ensues when the Clint Eastwood character ‘Blondie’ arrives in town. Similarly, the arrival of a mysterious blond stranger at Italy’s Coverciano base this week spells danger – for one man in particular.

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Thursday November 10 2011
Italy side to face Poland named

Italy will face Poland on Friday with Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini in attack, while Ignazio Abate will make his debut at right-back.

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Thursday November 10 2011
Barzagli leaves Italy camp

Andrea Barzagli is on his way back to Turin after he withdrew from the Italy squad because of injury.

The defender strained a calf muscle in training earlier this week which did rule him out of Friday’s friendly in Poland.

The World Cup winner initially remained with the party though in a bid to be ready for Tuesday’s Rome friendly against Uruguay.

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Thursday November 10 2011
Schelotto targets Azzurri call-up

Ezequiel Schelotto concedes that he still has much to prove if he is to be rewarded with his first Italian international cap.

The Atalanta player was actually born in Argentina, but can play for the Azzurri given that his great grandfather was from the peninsula.

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Thursday November 10 2011
Giovinco rues Azzurri absence

Sebastian Giovinco has admitted that it will be tough to watch Italy’s friendlies against Poland and Uruguay after pulling out of the squad with injury.

The Parma man had an opportunity to prove his worth to the tactician this week in the absence of Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi.

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Wednesday November 9 2011
Maggio respects Abate threat

Christian Maggio expects Italy new boy Ignazio Abate to provide him with some tough competition for the right-back spot.

The Napoli ace has been used with some regularity by boss Cesare Prandelli over the last year, while Abate was named in the Azzurri squad for the first time last weekend.

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