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Monday June 6 2016
Line-ups: Italy-Finland

Italy go into their final pre-Euro 2016 test against Finland, fielding Stephan El Shaarawy, Ciro Immobile and Simone Zaza.

It kicks off at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

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Monday June 6 2016
Parolo to start against Finland?

Marco Parolo is expected to start for Italy in the friendly against Finland tonight.

The Azzurri play their final warm-up game for Euro 2016 tonight, at Verona’s Stadio Bentegodi.

CT Antonio Conte is expected to stick with the 3-5-2 which was deployed against Scotland for the tournament, and will deploy the formation tonight.

The “Juventus bloc” is expected to be confirmed at the back, with Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini protecting Gigi Buffon.

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Sunday June 5 2016
Barzagli: 'Juve block inspires Italy'

Andrea Barzagli hopes the confidence of the Juventus defensive unit can “spread” across the Italy squad at Euro 2016.

The Azzurri face Finland in a friendly on Monday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The first choice at the back is taken directly from Juventus in the form of Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Barzagli.

“Our defence is well-drilled, as we’ve been playing together for a very long time. We therefore feel confident around each other and hopefully that confidence spreads to the rest of the team.

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Sunday June 5 2016
Conte: 'Opponents fear Azzurri'

Antonio Conte feels Italy’s 3-5-2 system is helping to invoke “respect and fear” in opponents ahead of tomorrow’s Finland friendly.

It kicks off at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona on Monday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

“It is our last game before the Euros and clearly will be important for us to verify if the work we’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks, tactically and physically, is being assimilated,” said the Coach in a Press conference.

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Sunday June 5 2016
Conte: 'Italy completed me'

Antonio Conte admits he felt “intense thoughts” upon leaving his Italy office for the last time. “This experience completed me as a Coach.”

The Azzurri face Finland in a friendly at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona on Monday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

This will be Conte’s last game on Italian soil for a while, as after Euro 2016 he is heading to Chelsea.

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Sunday June 5 2016
Zaza-Immobile against Finland

Antonio Conte is expected to use Stephan El Shaarawy, Antonio Candreva, Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile against Finland.

Italy play their final pre-Euro 2016 friendly at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona on Monday. It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Thiago Motta has now fully recovered from his calf problem and is likely to be in the starting XI, sharing the midfield with Alessandro Florenzi and Emanuele Giaccherini – who usually play in wider roles.

It’s a 3-5-2 system with the Juventus back line intact.

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Thursday June 2 2016
Mertens unhappy with bench role

Napoli winger Dries Mertens was unhappy with his bench role in Belgium’s draw with Finland and slammed “shameful” claims that he is an impact player.

Mertens was brought on in the 58th minute of Belgium’s 1-1 draw with Finland, which was only achieved by Romelu Lukaku’s late equaliser, and he could not hide his dissatisfaction at only being named a substitute in the friendly.

“It was a strange day, in which I didn’t expect to start on the bench,” he said after the game.

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Thursday June 2 2016
Pelle' back in Italy training

Graziano Pellè is back in training with Italy after interrupting yesterday’s session with a right knee problem.

The Southampton striker put hearts in mouths when limping off during the training routine at Coverciano.

Initial reports suggested it was only a slight sprain and he stopped as a precautionary measure.

This morning Pellè was indeed back in action with the rest of the squad.

Italy continue their preparations for the final pre-Euro 2016 friendly against Finland in Verona on Monday June 6.

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Wednesday June 1 2016
Lukaku rescues Belgium

Italy’s Euro 2016 rivals Belgium scraped a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Finland this evening.

The Red Devils narrowly avoided what would’ve been their first home defeat in almost two years.

Romelu Lukaku came off the bench at the 79th minute and scored the equaliser 10 minutes later.

Kasper Hamalainen had given Finland the shock lead on 53 minutes by making the most of a Thomas Vermaelen defensive error.

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Saturday May 28 2016
Italy squad numbers for friendlies
Italy announced the squad numbers for pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against Scotland and Finland, but there’s no 10.
 
The Azzurri begin the build-up to the tournament on Sunday evening in Malta, where they take on Scotland in a friendly.
 
They will then host Finland at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona on June 6.
 
Antonio Conte released the squad numbers for these two games, but curiously there is no Number 10.
 
This is the 30-man preliminary sid
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