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 By Ben Gladwell

Italy monitoring Mario Balotelli; Di Biagio confirms Gianluigi Buffon to play

Mario Balotelli has scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Italy's caretaker coach Luigi Di Biagio has said he will continue to monitor Mario Balotelli, despite not considering him ready for a recall for the upcoming friendlies with Argentina and England, and added that Gianluigi Buffon will play in one if not both of what could be his only two games in charge.

Di Biagio gave Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa and AC Milan's Patrick Cutrone their first call-ups to the Italy squad, but Balotelli was conspicuous by his absence.

The Nice forward has not played for...

 By Ben Gladwell

Gianluigi Buffon: My presence in Italy squad will help, not hinder, successor search

Check out all the best moments from Serie A's top sides, as Napoli closed the gap following Juventus' draw against SPAL.
Watch the full match highlights as Serie A leaders Juventus were held to a surprise goalless draw at lowly SPAL, but extended their lead at the top of the table to five points.
Gianluigi Buffon acknowledges the crowd during his landmark game.
Gianluigi Buffon is Italy's all-time leading appearance maker with 175 caps.

Gianluigi Buffon says his presence in the latest Italy squad should help bring through his eventual successor as Italy No.1 and not hinder him.

Buffon was named in Luigi Di Biagio's squad to face Argentina and England over the coming week, despite appearing to announce his retirement from the international game following Italy's failure to beat Sweden in a World Cup playoff in November.

AC Milan's 19-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma had been tipped to become Italy's new No. 1, but he may have to wait...

 By PA Sport

Gianluigi Buffon returns to Italy squad but Mario Balotelli left out

Hugo Lloris says it is special for him to play against 'one of the greatest goalkeepers in history' Gianluigi Buffon as Tottenham prepare to host Juventus in Wednesday's Champions League round-of-16 second leg.
Juventus's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Harry Kane is among the top-three players in the world after drawing comparisons between Tottenham striker and Fiorentina icon Gabriel Batistuta.

Gianluigi Buffon has cut short his retirement from international football and could face England at Wembley after being called up by Italy on Saturday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper called an end to his Azzurri career after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, but he has chosen to return.

Buffon, 40, has been capped 175 times by Italy and could add to that tally in the friendlies against Argentina on March 23 in Manchester and against England in London four days later.

Italy caretaker boss...

 By Ben Gladwell

Gianluigi Buffon hints at postponing retirement but no announcement yet

Juventus's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Harry Kane is among the top-three players in the world after drawing comparisons between Tottenham striker and Fiorentina icon Gabriel Batistuta.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon hinted that he will play on next season, although he said it is not the time to make any announcements about his future.

The 40-year-old's contract expires in the summer, but after being offered the prospect of a call-up to the next Italy squad to face Argentina and England later this month, Buffon seems increasingly likely to continue his playing career beyond the summer.

He was asked whether he had yet made up his mind at a news conference on Monday, prior...

 By Ben Gladwell

Buffon not considering Spurs match as his last in Champions League

The ESPN FC crew explain why they're picking Tottenham to see off Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he has not even given a moment's thought to Wednesday night's Champions League fixture with Tottenham potentially being his last in the competition, as he prepares for more top European nights this season.

Buffon, 40, has made no secret of his desire to win the Champions League and play on another season, in order to have a shot at winning the FIFA Club World Cup.

He can take a step closer to that objective by keeping a clean sheet in London -- with his...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon 'could play on for another two years' - agent

Max Allegri discusses the motivation behind Juventus' quest to become the first team to win four straight Coppa Italia titles.

Gianluigi Buffon could play on at the highest level for another two years, according to the Juventus goalkeeper's agent Silvano Martina.

Buffon, 40, was expected to bring an end to his career at the end of the current season, but after being offered another call-up to the Italy squad this month, he is currently considering playing on.

Martina says he just needs to feel he can still make an important contribution, but he says there is no rush for him to make up his mind.

"It's still soon," Martina...