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Saturday November 12 2011
Prandelli: "Italy play with joy"

Cesare Prandelli is proud of his Italy side and Mario Balotelli. “We play for ourselves and the joy of football.”

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Saturday November 12 2011
Mancini: "Balotelli deserves it"

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is “happy for Mario Balotelli” after netting his first Italy goal.

The striker has improved considerably in recent months under Mancio’s tutelage and finally broke his senior Azzurri duck in last night’s 2-0 win over Poland.

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Saturday November 12 2011
Bonucci 'bitter' at Italy snub

Leonardo Bonucci admits he was surprised to be left out of the Italy squad, though is focusing on winning the Scudetto with Juventus.

“There was a little bitterness at not being called any more, but I still feel that I am part of the Azzurri project, seeing as I played in almost all the games,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

He was dropped for the friendlies against Poland and Uruguay in favour of his friend, Torino starlet Angelo Ogbonna.

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Saturday November 12 2011
Buffon hails Balo-Pazzini pair

Gianluigi Buffon trusts Italy can recover from losing Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi. “We’ve found Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini.”

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Saturday November 12 2011
Balotelli's Italy

Mario Balotelli did not let this opportunity pass him by, as Susy Campanale sees he’s ready to lead Italy.

It was a terrible blow for Cesare Prandelli to lose both his first choice strikers for the next six months. Antonio Cassano’s heart surgery and snapped Giuseppe Rossi knee ligaments mean it’s a race against time to know if, and in what condition, they will arrive at Euro 2012.

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NEWS
Saturday November 12 2011
Pepe open to all options

Simone Pepe is ready to “play anywhere” Cesare Prandelli wants him to for Italy.

The versatile Juventus man was used wide right in a 4-3-3 formation in the second half of the 2-0 victory in Poland.

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Saturday November 12 2011
Ogbonna "didn't expect" Italy cap

Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna confessed he “did not expect” to make his Italy debut against Poland.

The former Under-21 starlet had been called up several times by Cesare Prandelli, but finally made his bow as a substitute in last night’s 2-0 friendly victory.

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Saturday November 12 2011
Abate enjoys Azzurri debut

Ignazio Abate enjoyed his Italy debut in the 2-0 win over Poland. “If the Coach gives me the opportunity, I’d love to be at Euro 2012.”

The Milan right-back has regularly been among the best performers at club level, but was only picked by Cesare Prandelli in last night’s friendly.

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Saturday November 12 2011
Thiago Motta sees strong Italy

Thiago Motta praised Mario Balotelli and believes Italy have “a very strong side” going into Euro 2012.

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Friday November 11 2011
Pazzini admits he was offside

Giampaolo Pazzini feels there is a lot of pressure on Mario Balotelli, but doesn’t care if his goal was offside!

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