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Thursday September 6 2012
Bulgaria-Italy probable line-ups

Italy will return to competitive action on Friday when they begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in Bulgaria.

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Wednesday September 5 2012
De Rossi fit for Bulgaria

Daniele De Rossi has shaken off his ankle injury and took part in today’s game between ranks as Italy prepare to face Bulgaria on Friday.

The Roma midfielder limped off during Sunday’s 3-1 win at Inter and had been considered a major doubt for the first of the two World Cup qualifiers.

However, De Rossi took part in a full training session today and was fielded in the starting XI for a game between ranks.

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Wednesday September 5 2012
Bulgaria squad to face Italy

Bulgaria have named their squad to take on Italy and Armenia in the 2014 World cup qualifiers, but it does not include Dimitar Berbatov.

Coach Lubo Penev and his men will face the Azzurri on Sofia on Friday evening and Armenia on Tuesday.

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Wednesday September 5 2012
Osvaldo accepts Euro 2012 snub

Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo is happy to be back in the Italian squad after missing out on a place at Euro 2012.

The striker was in contention to make the competition, but a disappointing finish to 2011-12 saw him omitted.

“I didn’t do well towards the end of last term and the Coach was right to not select me,” stated the former Lecce man.

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Wednesday September 5 2012
Balotelli has eye surgery

Mario Balotelli will be out of action "for around 10 days" after undergoing laser eye surgery to cure his conjunctivitis and short-sightedness.

The Manchester City striker was ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Malta so he could have the operation.

SuperMario has been suffering from bouts of recurring conjunctivitis worsened by the use of contact lenses.

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Wednesday September 5 2012
Italy go 3-5-2 in Bulgaria?

Cesare Prandelli is expected to revive the 3-5-2 system in Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria, using Sebstian Giovinco and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo together.

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Wednesday September 5 2012
Prandelli stands up for Conte

Cesare Prandelli has leapt to the defence of Antonio Conte after his 10-month ban in the betting scandal. “Any of us could be dragged into it, even if only by gossip.”

The Italy Coach was asked about Conte’s appeal against the 10-month suspension for failing to report a potential fix to the authorities – charges he has always firmly denied.

“I have not changed my mind on the betting scandal,” noted Prandelli.

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Tuesday September 4 2012
Poli on Italy, Inter and Cassano

Andrea Poli hopes Antonio Cassano can join him in the Italy squad and reveals why he left Inter. “I can only thank Cesare Prandelli.”

The midfielder spent last season on loan at San Siro, but they did not take up their option, so he returned to Sampdoria.

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Tuesday September 4 2012
The end for Cassano?

After Antonio Cassano’s omission from the latest Italy squad, Antonio Labbate asks whether we’ll ever see him at international level again.

For a player who announced that he’d win the Golden Ball within 24 months of his 2001 arrival at Roma, Antonio Cassano’s record of 35 caps in a nine-year international career smacks of under-achievement. Given his Azzurri debut by Giovanni Trapattoni in a November 2003 friendly in Poland, his sublime chipped goal that night promised to be the first of many in Italy blue.  

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Tuesday September 4 2012
Acerbi called up by Italy

Milan’s Francesco Acerbi has been added to the Italy squad after Cagliari’s Davide Astori was sent home because of injury.

The stopper has picked up a thigh strain and he’ll be replaced in the squad by Acerbi who got his first call-up for last month’s 2-1 loss to England.

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