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

England manager Roy Hodgson is confident his side are “not underdogs in any way” against four-times World Cup winners Italy tomorrow.

The teams go head-to-head in the Euro 2012 quarter-final on Sunday evening in Kiev.

“We're not underdogs in any way,” assured Hodgson.

“We have good-quality players who are recognised worldwide and, certainly, would get into a lot of the top European teams.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Rooney 'ready' for Italy

Wayne Rooney is looking forward to tomorrow’s England-Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final. “How much of a boost would it be if we beat them?”

The winners of this match will go on to face Germany in the semi-final next week.

“I feel good. I feel fresh. In some ways, missing the first two games may help me in the later games. So I’ll be ready. I’m looking forward to it,” the 26-year-old told Times of India.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Di Canio: 'England are 80s Italy'

Paolo Di Canio believes Roy Hodgson can cause problems for the Azzurri, as his England “look like an Italian team from the 80s.”

The two sides go head-to-head in the Euro 2012 quarter-final on Sunday evening and Di Canio, who never actually received a senior Italy cap, gave his analysis of the clash.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Montolivo to face England?

Thiago Motta is carrying an injury, so there are reports Riccardo Montolivo will start for a revamped Italy against England tomorrow.

The Azzurri have already used a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-1-2 system in Euro 2012 so far, but could adjust again for the Sunday evening quarter-final in Kiev.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Italy fans struggle to reach Kiev

It’s reported that so few Italy fans are travelling to Kiev for tomorrow’s quarter-final with England that a charter plane had to be cancelled.

Due to the financial crisis, few Azzurri supporters have come out to Poland and Ukraine for the Euro 2012 games.

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Saturday June 23 2012
Vieira on Balotelli v England

Patrick Vieira gives his verdict on tomorrow’s England-Italy quarter-final and reveals he’s been in contact with Mario Balotelli.

The former Milan, Juventus and Inter midfielder is now a director at Manchester City and spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Friday June 22 2012
Capello aide: 'Rooney ungrateful'

Fabio Capello’s former England assistant has slammed “ungrateful” Wayne Rooney ahead of the Italy game. “He can’t teach us anything.”

Rooney said this week that Roy Hodgson’s arrival on the bench saw an upturn in form for England, as instructions were no longer “lost in translation.”

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Friday June 22 2012
Sirigu: 'England are solid'

Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has warned that quality counts for little in a quarter-final, as “England are very solid.”

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Friday June 22 2012
De Sanctis has Hodgson insight

Morgan De Sanctis gives his insight into England manager Roy Hodgson’s approach and believes Italy “can win, but not without difficulty.”

The Azzurri face England in Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final and this week Leonardo Bonucci said they were stronger than the Three Lions.

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Friday June 22 2012
Buffon: 'England and Italy similar'

Gianluigi Buffon believes Italy and England “want to recapture the prestige that has been lost in recent years” during Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final clash.

“I remember the game in Italia 90 and some qualifiers, but I only ever faced England in two friendlies and we won both,” said the goalkeeper in today’s Press conference.

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