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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
Prandelli test for N Ireland

Claudio Marchisio is available for Tuesday's match with Northern Ireland, as Italy tested out their starting XI.

The midfielder scored in the 1-1 draw against Serbia on Friday evening, but limped off with a sprained left ankle.

He is recovering well and took part in today's full training session at the Coverciano camp.

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Saturday October 8 2011
Prandelli: 'Italy can do more'

Cesare Prandelli is confident his “gamble” will pay off, as Italy have “huge margins for improvement.”

The Azzurri remain unbeaten and conceded only the second goal of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign in last night's 1-1 draw with Serbia.

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Saturday October 8 2011
Prandelli wants 'Club Italia'

Cesare Prandelli wants Italy to “be more like a club, but we're on the right track” after setting a new record against Serbia.

The Azzurri have seven wins and two draws from the Euro 2012 qualification campaign, going for 715 minutes unbeaten.

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Saturday October 8 2011
Prandelli: 'Less praise, more criticism!'

The day after Italy's record-breaking draw with Serbia, Cesare Prandelli asked for “less praise and more criticism.”

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Saturday October 8 2011
Prandelli's progress

The reaction to Italy's draw in Serbia proves that Cesare Prandelli has already achieved great things, says Susy Campanale.

This was the kind of game Italy could usually be counted on to lose. Nothing to play for after already qualifying for Euro 2012, facing a Serbia side that was fired up by a passionate – often hostile – crowd that needed a victory. Yet we saw another great step forward in Cesare Prandelli's reign, as the Azzurri fought for the point and were annoyed it wasn't all three.

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Friday October 7 2011
Doubting Dan

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo's Italy inclusion has raised eyebrows. Rob Paton reflects on a career that has many asking just how good the striker really is.

When Pablo Daniel Osvaldo left the Italian peninsula in January 2010, few would have expected to see him back in the county's top flight inside 18 months, or as a €17.5m-rated striker. Even fewer would have foreseen Wednesday's call-up to an Italian national team coached by Cesare Prandelli.

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Friday October 7 2011
Prandelli: Osvaldo the future

Cesare Prandelli has defended his decision to add Pablo Daniel Osvaldo to his Italy squad. "He could be the future."

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Friday October 7 2011
Spalletti hails Prandelli's Italy

Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti is thoroughly impressed with Italy. “Everything works with Cesare Prandelli.”

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Friday October 7 2011
Prandelli: 'We needed second goal'

Cesare Prandelli criticised Italy for not pushing hard enough for the second goal in their Serbia draw.

“It wasn't easy and we tried to always play football, sometimes over-doing it, but the lads were very smart and concentrated,” the Coach told RAI after their 1-1 result in Belgrade.

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