New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out of Italy's penultimate European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday with a hamstring injury sustained in training.
Pirlo, 36, will miss the Group H clash in Baku, although head coach Antonio Conte is hopeful the veteran will be fit in time for Tuesday's potentially decisive home match against qualification rivals Norway.
"He went in to a tackle and made a strange movement, and won't be fit to play," Conte said. "We hope...
Italy will book a place at Euro 2016 if they win in Azerbaijan on Saturday.
The Azzurri, unbeaten in their last 48 qualifying games, will play in the new Baku Olympic Stadium.
The Italians are two points clear of Norway at the top of the Group H standings with two games remaining and host the Norwegians on Tuesday in their final game in Rome.
``These are two crucial games for us,'' Italy coach Antonio Conte told his federation's official website.
``We have two great chances to clinch qualification to...
Sebastian Giovinco says he is delighted to get a recall to the Italy squad after his incredible form for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.
Giovinco, 28, is currently the second highest scorer in MLS with 21 goals -- one fewer than Colombus Crew's Kei Kamara -- and this has not escaped Italy coach Antonio Conte's attention.
The former Juventus forward had been left out of Conte's last few squad selections, but has won himself a recall for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and...
Italy are happy to offer Antonio Conte a two-year extension to his contract if he impresses at next summer's European Championship.
The Squadra Azzurra can wrap up qualification for Euro 2016 by beating Azerbaijan on Saturday, otherwise a win over Norway in Rome next Tuesday may be required.
Former Juventus boss Conte will then commence preparations for a tournament at which Italy will hope to bounce back from a disastrous World Cup last year under Cesare Prandelli, when they exited at the group...