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Thursday October 6 2011
Super Mario's next level

Injury prohibits Mario Balotelli from featuring against Serbia, but Scott Fleming believes the former Inter youth will soon become an integral part of Cesare Prandelli's Azzurri.

What's this strange thing that has appeared on Mario Balotelli's face lately? Is it...could it be...a smile?

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Thursday October 6 2011
Matri accepts Osvaldo call

Alessandro Matri has refused to criticise the late inclusion of Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in the Italian national squad.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Rossi fit to face Serbia

Giuseppe Rossi is expected to start for Italy against Serbia on Friday after recovering from a knee problem.

The Villarreal forward was a doubt for the Euro 2012 tie, but he came through Italy's latest training session on Thursday with no issues.

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Thursday October 6 2011
De Rossi expects important test

The seemingly meaningless Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia will be of some value to Italy, says Daniele De Rossi.

The two teams meet in Belgrade on Friday with the Azzurri already assured of top spot and qualification for the European Championship.

Nevertheless, the Roma midfielder believes the game will serve them well ahead of the Finals in Poland and the Ukraine.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Stankovic confident of Serbia win

Dejan Stankovic believes Serbia can secure a place in the European Championship qualifying round with a win against Italy on Friday night.

The captain was speaking ahead of the match in Belgrade that the Serbians go into knowing that three points will secure second place in the group.

They can also guarantee a place in the play-off round if they draw and Estonia fail to beat Northern Ireland.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Ranocchia: 'We hope to win Euros'

Andrea Ranocchia believes Italy are on the right track to have a great European Championship campaign next summer.

The Italians have already qualified for next summer's tournament to be jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, having conceded just one goal on the way.

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Thursday October 6 2011
Italy: Cassano and Marchisio to start

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed Antonio Cassano and Claudio Marchisio are amongst those who will start against Serbia on Friday night.

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Wednesday October 5 2011
Balotelli latest Italy casualty

Cesare Prandelli is running out of strikers for Italy's final Euro 2012 qualifiers after Mario Balotelli joined the doubtful list.

The Manchester City forward complained of back pain yesterday and he's been sent to hospital on Wednesday for tests.

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Wednesday October 5 2011
Balotelli and Pazzini return home

Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini have been forced to withdraw from the Italy squad because of injury.

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Wednesday October 5 2011
Italy call up Osvaldo

Roma striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has been added to the Italy squad for the Euro 2012 games against Serbia and Northern Ireland.

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