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Sunday June 24 2012
Thiago Motta: 'I'm ready'

Thiago Motta insists he is fully recovered and “ready if Cesare Prandelli wants me” to face England tonight.

The midfielder picked up a left thigh injury during training and was thought to be in doubt until Friday evening, but took part in yesterday’s session.

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Sunday June 24 2012
Preview: England-Italy

The big question is Riccardo Montolivo or Thiago Motta as Italy prepare to face England in tonight’s Euro 2012 quarter-final.

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Sunday June 24 2012
Buffon: 'Italy can shine with England'

Gigi Buffon does not believe England-Italy will go to penalties, but points out the Azzurri “always do well against the big teams.”

This evening the Euro 2012 quarter-final sees these sides go head-to-head in a major tournament for the first time since the 1990 World Cup third place final.

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Sunday June 24 2012
Marchisio has eye on Gerrard

Claudio Marchisio believes in Italy’s chances of beating England tonight and “would like to swap shirts with Steven Gerrard” at the final whistle.

The Azzurri take on the Three Lions in this evening’s Euro 2012 quarter-final, battling for an appointment with Germany in the semi.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Barzagli spills the beans!

Andrea Barzagli was told off by Coach Cesare Prandelli when he accidentally revealed Italy’s tactics for the quarter-final with England.

The manager had refused to answer questions on whether they would play with a 3-5-2 or a 4-3-1-2 system in the Press conference, but Barzagli was not so discreet.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Balotelli 'more man than Peter Pan'

Mario Balotelli held a rare Press conference, insisting he “doesn’t have to prove anything to the English, Italians or anyone else.”

It’s reported that the Manchester City striker asked to be part of the Press conference leading up to Sunday’s England-Italy quarter-final.

“Will I make you angry or entertained? I guess it depends. Like my teammates, I intend to give my all in this game, then I can’t control if you get angry or entertained…”

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Saturday June 23 2012
Prandelli: 'No tactical doubts'

Cesare Prandelli refused to give clues as to Italy’s system or players in the Euro 2012 quarter-final with England. “I have no tactical doubts.”

The Azzurri are unbeaten so far in the tournament with two draws and a win, but face Roy Hodgson’s side on Sunday night.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Gerrard hails Italy technique

Steven Gerrard has praised Italy’s midfield for their “superb technique” and believes the quarter-final with England could be decided there.

“I think Andrea Pirlo is a world class player and has proved for many years he’s one of the best midfielders out there. He’s a player we will have to control tomorrow night,” said the Liverpool man in the Press conference.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Hodgson: 'England not Italy style'

Roy Hodgson insists he doesn’t “know what they mean” when people say England play in an Italian style.

They take on the Azzurri in the Euro 2012 quarter-final on Sunday evening and the manager held a Press conference in Kiev this afternoon.

“I don’t know what they mean that we play like the Italian team, so they’ll have to explain it to us what qualities they see in our play that are similar to the Italians and the way they play.”

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Saturday June 23 2012
Jorgensen on Hodgson and Prandelli

Martin Jorgensen worked with both Cesare Prandelli and Roy Hodgson and explains the similarities and differences between the tacticians.

The temperature is rising ahead of Sunday night’s Euro 2012 quarter-final, England-Italy in Kiev.

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