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 By Ben Gladwell

Eder never considered Brazil call-up; honoured to play for Italy, says father

The FC crew discuss whether Brazilian-born Eder should be allowed to play for Italy.
Graziano Pelle will start up front for Italy against the country where he plays his football, England, following Antonio Conte's team selection.

Italy's newest international forward Eder never thought for one second about representing Brazil, according to his father.

Eder, 28, picked up his first cap for the Azzurri in Friday's 2-2 draw with Bulgaria, scoring the equalising goal after coming on as a substitute.

That appearance means the Brazilian-born player will now only be eligible to represent Italy, while Selecao coach Dunga has since said that he was considering handing the Sampdoria striker a call-up.

But Eder's father said the player...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Claudio Marchisio to return to training after knee injury scare

Claudio Marchisio made three appearances for Italy at last summer's World Cup.

Claudio Marchisio is set to return to training for Juventus only days after being told by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) that his season was over.

Marchisio was sent back to Turin for further tests with what the FIGC said was an ACL injury. Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci suggested the 29-year-old would miss six to eight months.

However, further tests conducted by Juventus' own medical team ruled out a tear of the ligaments, saying instead that he had just sprained his knee.

After...