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

England 1 Italy 2 [1-1]

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

7. Abate, Ignazio

12 November 1986 27 D AC Milan SpA 20 1

14. Aquilani, Alberto

7 July 1984 29 M ACF Fiorentina SpA 35 5

9. Barwuah Balotelli, Mario

12 August 1990 29 F AC Milan SpA 30 12

15. Barzagli, Andrea

8 May 1981 33 D Juventus SpA FC 47 0

19. Bonucci, Leonardo

1 May 1987 27 D Juventus SpA FC 37 2

1. Buffon, Gianluigi

28 January 1978 36 G Juventus SpA 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 SpA 20 0

10. Cassano, Antonio

12 July 1982 31 F Parma FC SpA 37 10

11. Cerci, Alessio

23 July 1987 26 F Torino FC SpA 12 0

3. Chiellini, Giorgio

14 August 1984 29 D Juventus SpA FC 68 4

4. Darmian, Matteo

2 December 1989 24 D Torino FC SpA 1 0

16. De Rossi, Daniele

24 July 1983 30 M AS Roma SpA 95 15

2. De Sciglio, Mattia

20 October 1992 21 D AC Milan SpA 11 0

17. Immobile, Ciro

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

22. Insigne, Lorenzo

4 June 1991 23 F SSC Napoli SpA 5 1

8. Marchisio, Claudio

19 January 1986 28 M Juventus SpA FC 44 3

5. Motta, Thiago

28 August 1982
born in Brazil
31 M Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 20 1

20. Paletta, Gabriel Alejandro

15 February 1986
born in Argentina
28 D Parma FC SpA 2 0

18. Parolo, Marco

25 January 1985 29 M Parma FC SpA 4 0

13. Perin, Mattia

10 November 1992 21 G Genoa CFC SpA 0 0

21. Pirlo, Andrea

19 May 1979 35 M Juventus SpA 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
Reserves

Destro, Mattia

20 March 1991 23 F AS Roma SpA 5 1

Maggio, Christian

11 February 1982 32 D SSC Napoli SpA 34 0

Montolivo, Riccardo

18 January 1985 29 M AC Milan SpA 58 2
Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg on 31 May.

Pasqual, Manuel

13 March 1982 32 D ACF Fiorentina SpA 5 0

Ranocchia, Andrea

16 February 1988 26 D FC Internazionale Milano SpA 13 0

Rômulo
 Orestes Caldeira, Rômulo Souza

22 May 1987
born in Brazil
27 M Hellas Verona FC, on loan from ACF Fiorentina SpA 0 0

Rossi, Giuseppe

1 February 1987
born in USA
27 F ACF Fiorentina SpA 30 7

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

Diary

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
WCP HD
  15 November 2013 - Italy 1 Germany 1 [1-1]
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Abate
Hummels
Fr HD
  18 November 2013 - Italy 2 Nigeria 2 [1-2]
Craven Cottage, Fulham, London, England
Rossi, Giaccherini
Dike, Ameobi
ND
  5 March 2014 - Spain 1 Italy 0 [0-0]
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Arganzuela, Madrid
Pedro AL
30 May 2014 - Republic of Ireland 0 Italy 0 [0-0]
Craven Cottage, Fulham, London, England
ND
  4 June 2014 - Italy 1 Luxembourg 1 [1-0]
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Marchisio
Chanot
HD

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