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Saturday, 14 June 2014
2014 FIFA World Cup Finals First Phase Group D

England 1 Italy 2 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Squad
Italy Squad
Team Records
The Azzurri World Cup Squad Pre-England  June 2014
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Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G

7. Abate, Ignazio

12 November 1986 27 D AC Milan 20 1

14. Aquilani, Alberto

7 July 1984 29 M AC Fiorentina 35 5

9. Barwuah Balotelli, Mario

12 August 1990 29 F AC Milan 30 12

15. Barzagli, Andrea

8 May 1981 33 D Juventus FC 47 0

19. Bonucci, Leonardo

1 May 1987 27 D Juventus FC 37 2

1. Buffon, Gianluigi

28 January 1978 36 G Juventus FC 140 0
Buffon was unavailable for the England game due to a sprained ankle.

6. Candreva, Antonio

28 February 1987 27 M SS Lazio 20 0

10. Cassano, Antonio

12 July 1982 31 F Parma FC 37 10

11. Cerci, Alessio

23 July 1987 26 F Torino FC 12 0

3. Chiellini, Giorgio

14 August 1984 29 D Juventus FC 68 4

4. Darmian, Matteo

2 December 1989 24 D Torino FC 1 0

16. De Rossi, Daniele

24 July 1983 30 M AS Roma 95 15

2. De Sciglio, Mattia

20 October 1992 21 D AC Milan 11 0

17. Immobile, Ciro

20 February 1990 24 F Torino FC 2 0
Immobile signed for Borussia Dortmund, Germany, on 3 June, effective 1 July.

22. Insigne, Lorenzo

4 June 1991 23 F SSC Napoli 5 1

8. Marchisio, Claudio

19 January 1986 28 M Juventus FC 44 3

5. Motta, Thiago

28 August 1982
in S�o Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
31 M Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 20 1

20. Paletta, Gabriel Alejandro

15 February 1986
in Longchamps, Argentina
28 D Parma FC 2 0

18. Parolo, Marco

25 January 1985 29 M Parma FC 4 0

13. Perin, Mattia

10 November 1992 21 G Genoa CFC 0 0

21. Pirlo, Andrea

19 May 1979 35 M Juventus FC 109 13

12. Sirigu, Salvatore

12 January 1987 27 G Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 8 0

23. Verratti, Marco

5 November 1992 21 M Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 6 1

Squad details correct up to and including Italy's match against Luxembourg on 4 June 2014.
Tallies taken from FIGC & Official FIFA Lists


Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - Giuseppe Rossi has capped his comeback from a right knee problem with a recall to Italy's squad ahead of the World Cup. The striker was included in Cesare Prandelli's 30-man preliminary group. Rossi damaged ligaments in his right knee in January and missed four months before recently playing again.  Ciro Immobile has been included after a superb campaign. He is the Italian Serie A's top scorer with 22 goals and made his first appearance in an international friendly against Spain in March.  Mario Balotelli joins Rossi and Immobile in the squad.  Balotelli, who was Italy's leading scorer in qualifying with five goals, has faced criticism after some of his performances this season.  Mattia Destro and Antonio Cassano are also included. The 31-year-old Cassano has yet to play in a World Cup finals, but was part of Prandelli's squad for Euro 2012 when Italy reached the final.
Italy will begin training in their headquarters in Coverciano, Florence, on 19 May.

Saturday, 31 May 2014 - Captain Riccardo Montolivo has been sent to hospital for tests on a leg injury that threatens his participation in the World Cup. The AC Milan midfielder was carried off during Italy's friendly with Republic of Ireland at Craven Cottage following a challenge from Alex Pearce. "It seems serious," said Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete. "Let's wait for the tests." Montolivo, 29, was treated on the pitch before departing on a stretcher after only eight minutes, and was taken to a London hospital for X-rays on his left tibia. Reports claimed Montolivo told fellow players "it's broken" before being carried off. Abete told Italian television at half-time: "You could already tell from his initial reaction that it's an injury that will keep him out for a while.'' He was replaced by former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, now playing at Fiorentina, who also came off at half-time complaining of dizziness.

Sunday, 1 June 2014 - Giuseppe Rossi was the major absentee when Cesare Prandelli named his squad. Rossi's exclusion was perhaps not a huge surprise as he missed four months of the season due to injury and did not have enough time to rediscover his form and fitness to convince Prandelli of his worth. Another missing from the list was Montolivo, whose World Cup ambitions ended when he suffered a broken leg yesterday.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 - Andrea Barzagli is a likely absentee but Mario Balotelli could return to the fold as Italy host Luxembourg tomorrow before flying to Brazil. Juventus defender Barzagli is feverish with the effects of tonsilitis, according to Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci, and is unlikely to make Cesare Prandelli's squad for the encounter in Perugia.
Ciro Immobile has signed for Borussia Dortmund for £15.5 million.  His contract will begin on 1 July.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - Antonio Mirante has joined up with the squad as cover for injured Salvatore Sirigu. Sirigu is suffering from a bruised rib, an injury that team doctor Enrico Castellacci said was "painful but manageable". Mirante will stay with the group until at least June 13, the deadline teams have to replace an injured player in their 23-man squad.
Italy were then left embarrassed by a 1-1 draw with Luxembourg in their final warm-up match. After a disappointing draw with the Republic of Ireland last weekend, the 2006 world champions were again far from impressive as the European minnows grabbed a late equaliser. They looked to be comfortable when Claudio Marchisio opened the scoring in the ninth minute, but Italy promptly wasted a host of chances to extend their lead. And they were punished with five minutes to play when Maxime Chanot rose to head home a Mario Mutsch corner, earning Luxembourg a shock draw. Cesare Prandelli made eight changes to the side that was held by the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, with Gianluigi Buffon returning in goal and Mario Balotelli starting up front.

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - Italy recorded their first win in eight games in a madcap friendly with Brazilian club side Fluminense which will have taught first-up rivals England very little. Torino striker Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick and linked up well with Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, who scored the Azzurri's other two goals in a 5-3 win.

Friday, 12 June 2014 - Gianluigi Buffon misses the opening World Cup match against England after spraining his ankle in a training accident.

Italy Form: last six games
D D D L D D   f 6:a 7   success: 42%
- 15 October 2013 - Italy 2 Armenia 2 [1-1]
Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
Florenzi, Balotelli
Mivsisyan, Mkhitaryan
- 15 November 2013 - Italy 1 Germany 1 [1-1]
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
- 18 November 2013 - Italy 2 Nigeria 2 [1-2]
Craven Cottage, Fulham
Rossi, Giaccherini
Dike, Ameobi
- 5 March 2014 - Spain 1 Italy 0 [0-0]
Estádio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Pedro AL
- 30 May 2014 -
Republic of Ireland 0 Italy 0
Craven Cottage, Fulham
- 4 June 2014 - Italy 1 Luxembourg 1 [1-0]
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona