Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gareth Southgate has confirmed there is no break clause in his four-year England contract and said Wayne Rooney will remain captain of the team.
There had been fears that defender De Rossi could face a long spell on the sidelines after he was taken off in the 1-0 loss to the Serie A champions.
Italy coach Giampiero Ventura says he still hopes to speak with Mario Balotelli, but any potential call-up won't be decided by a single conversation.
Alan Pardew has said England would be making a "big mistake" if they do not try and convince Wilfried Zaha to decide against switching to Ivory Coast.
Markku Kanerva has replaced Hans Backe as coach of Finland's national team, the Finnish Football Federation has announced.