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Tuesday October 11 2011
Prandelli content with Azzurri

Cesare Prandelli hailed the “balanced” Italy side that dominated possession, scored three goals and kept another clean sheet.

“Obviously when you dominate possession, it often happens that you can concede on the counter-attack, but we kept a good tempo and balance, so we're happy,” he told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Cassano: 'I'll quit in three years'

Antonio Cassano thanked Cesare Prandelli for saving his career, but revealed he “will quit in three or four years at the most.”

The Italy striker scored a brace in tonight's 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland and has been essential during the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Buffon appreciates Italy focus

Gigi Buffon admires Italy's focus “in a game that could feel like a friendly” against Northern Ireland.

“Our concentration and determination wasn't the maximum in a game that could feel like a friendly, but despite that we still played good football and scored goals, so that bodes well for the future,” he said of their 3-0 victory.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Osvaldo: 'I hope for many more caps'

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was overjoyed with his senior Italy debut. “I hope to notch up many more caps in my career.”

The Roma striker is the latest of the Oriundi to play for the Azzurri, although the Argentine-born talent had already played at Under-21 level.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
Euro 2012: The teams

The Euro 2012 qualifying group phase has ended with 12 automatic entries and eight nations in the play-offs.

Italy topped Group C and join Germany, Russia, France, Holland, Greece, England, Denmark and Spain.

Also qualified are co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, plus Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden as the best runners-up thanks to tonight's 3-2 Group E victory over Holland.

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Tuesday October 11 2011
De Sanctis tipped to appear

Napoli 'keeper Morgan De Sanctis will reportedly make a substitute appearance for Italy against Northern Ireland this evening.

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Monday October 10 2011
Schelotto wants Azzurri career

Atalanta's Ezequiel Schelotto insists that he has the right to play for Italy should he be called up into the international set-up.

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Monday October 10 2011
Giovinco set for Italy shirt

Sebastian Giovinco looks set to start alongside Antonio Cassano in Italy's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Northern Ireland.

With qualification already secured before this month's last two games, boss Cesare Prandelli will experiment on Tuesday by handing the in-form Parma player a place in the XI.

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Monday October 10 2011
Prandelli's new Italy dilemma

Azzurri experimentation is set to begin against Northern Ireland, but, as Rob Paton asks, are we in for a surprising change in selection policy?

Against Serbia, Cesare Prandelli's team selection suggested that even though Italy were already qualified, that it was important to start the first-choice available XI. There was reluctance to experiment, which can be interpreted in a couple of ways.

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Sunday October 9 2011
Osvaldo: 'I feel Italian'

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo responded to critics ahead of his senior Italy debut against Northern Ireland. “I feel Italian and hope I'm not a flash in the pan.”

The Roma striker already played for the Azzurri at Under-21 level and was born in Buenos Aires, but moved to Italy as a teenager.

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