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Wednesday August 15 2012
Line-ups: Italy-England

Italy send out an experimental side including Mattia Destro and Stephan El Shaarawy against Roy Hodgson’s England tonight.

Cesare Prandelli has opted to use largely new faces for this August friendly in the Swiss town of Berne, kick-off 20.00 UK time, including several uncapped players.

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Wednesday August 15 2012
Abete: 'Calcio needs to grow up'

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete criticised Napoli and Zdenek Zeman for the recent Super Cup and Antonio Conte controversy.

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Wednesday August 15 2012
El Shaarawy targets World Cup 2014

Stephan El Shaarawy has his eyes on a place at the 2014 World Cup after the Milan man was named in the latest Italy squad.

The Under-21 international has been promoted to the full set-up and he’s set to win his debut alongside Mattia Destro in tonight’s international friendly against England.

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Wednesday August 15 2012
What to expect from young Italy

Cesare Prandelli has named an experimental squad for Italy’s first post-Euro 2012 match. Luca Cetta looks at what we can expect from today’s friendly against England.

Andrea Pirlo strode to the penalty spot, his cunning plan in mind. With self-assurance mocking the severity of the situation, he casually lifted his penalty off the ground. As Joe Hart scrambled, he could only watch the chipped kick saunter past. Pirlo’s conversion made it 2-2 and was the decisive moment of the shoot-out. England would miss their next two penalties.

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NEWS
Tuesday August 14 2012
Hodgson cagey for Italy

Roy Hodgson has given Frank Lampard the captain’s armband against Italy, but won’t reveal his starting XI.

The Three Lions face the Azzurri in an international friendly tomorrow evening in Berne, Switzerland.

Lampard and Michael Carrick are back in the squad, having missed Euro 2012 – and their quarter-final exit to Italy.

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Tuesday August 14 2012
Verratti: 'Prandelli watching me'

Marco Verratti will make his senior Italy debut against England tomorrow and is confident joining PSG won’t hurt his Azzurri chances.

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Tuesday August 14 2012
Pirlo fourth for UEFA award

Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are shortlisted for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, followed by Andrea Pirlo in fourth place.

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Tuesday August 14 2012
Walcott out of Italy clash

Theo Walcott is the fourth England player to pull out of tomorrow’s friendly against Italy due to injury.

The Football Association confirmed this afternoon that Arsenal man Walcott has been ruled out of the match due to a bruised thigh.

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Tuesday August 14 2012
El Shaarawy 'excited' to face England

Stephan El Shaarawy will start against England tomorrow and is “hugely excited” at his senior Italy debut.

The ‘Little Pharaoh’ has been named in Cesare Prandelli’s starting XI for the international friendly in Berne, Switzerland.

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Tuesday August 14 2012
Prandelli: 'Azzurri, prove you're ready'

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed his starting XI against England, including Alessandro Diamanti and Mattia Destro. “They must prove they’re ready.”

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