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Teams: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy


14 - june: Uruguay v Costa Rica (Fortaleza)

14 - june: England v Italy (Manaus)

19 - june: Uruguay v England (Sao Paulo)

20 - june: Italy v Costa Rica (Recife)

24 - june: Italy v Uruguay (Natal)

24 - june: England v Costa Rica (Belo Horizonte)


Chiellini, Rossi included in Italy World Cup squad

ROME (AP) — Key defender Giorgio Chiellini was included in Italy's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad Tuesday, ending doubts that he might face a code of ethics punishment for his three-match ban with Juventus.

United States-born forward Giuseppe Rossi also made it, having just returned from a four-month layoff due to a right knee injury.

Among those who missed the cut were forwards Alberto Gilardino and Pablo Osvaldo, Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini, attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, who recently joined Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, and Zenit St. Petersburg fullback Domenico Criscito.

The forwards included are Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Alessio Cerci, Mattia Destro, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Rossi.

On Monday, Chiellini was banned by the Serie A judge for elbowing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic in Juventus' 1-0 win Sunday. But Italy coach Cesare Prandelli apparently viewed the incident as not having any intent of violence.

Last month, Roma forward Destro was left off the squad for fitness tests while he served a three-match ban for punching an opponent, and several other players have missed matches due to similar code of ethics violations.

Prandelli's latest squad announcement was made with a press release by the Italian football federation — with no comments attached.


Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain).

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Hellas Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina).



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Nine of the Azzurri players were moved to economy class after they discovered the plane which will take them to Brazil was too small

Italy's World Cup squad were left in shock after nine players were forced to downgrade to second-class for their flight to Brazil ahead of the tournament.

The Azzurri began their journey to the competition in South America where they will meet Uruguay, England and Costa Rica, kicking off their campaign against Roy Hodgson's side on June 14.

And as the nation's players boarded the plane for the journey the day after their embarrassing 1-1 draw with Luxembourg, extending their winless streak to seven games, they found that it was too small to fit all 23 players in business class.

As a result, the Azzurri's newcomers were shifted into economy class while the stars enjoyed the luxuries of first class.

Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Matteo Darmian, Diego Perin, Antonio Mirante, Lorenzo Insigne and Mattia De Sciglio were all downgraded on the plane which will also carry the wives of coach Prandelli, Antonio Cassano and Alberto Aquilani.

The Azzurri will land in Rio de Janeiro on Friday morning and travel to Mangaratiba, where they will be based, which is surrounded by a tropical forest and is situated near the beach of Sao Braz.


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Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

England 1-2 Italy

1- Costa Rica 3pts

2- Italy 3

3- England

4- Uruguay

Who'd thought the the first matches would have the table looking like this 5 hours ago!

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England physio Gary Lewin suffers dislocated ankle celebrating Daniel Sturridge's goal Head physio Gary Lewin injures his ankle during celebrations of England's equaliser in World Cup 2014 game against Italy and is stretchered away down the tunnel
Gary Lewin was injured in the celebrations which followed Daniel Sturridge's goal. He is believed to have dislocated his ankle Photo: ACTION IMAGES

England's head physio Gary Lewin had to be carried from the field on a stretcher after injuring himself celebrating.

Lewin and the rest of the England bench erupted, when Daniel Sturridge netted a 37th-minute equaliser in the Group D opener against Italy.

Unfortunately, Lewin injured his ankle during the celebrations with the early prognosis that it had been dislocated.

Following treatment on the touchline, Lewin was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher as the game restarted.

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England has a good chance of making the round of 16.

As it stands right now:

Costa Rica 1G 3pts +2GD

Italy 1G 3pts +1GD

Uruguay 2G 3pts -1GD

England 2G 0pts -2GD

If Italy wins their next 2 games, and England defeats Costa Rica

Italy win finish 1st with 9pts

and Costa Rica, Uruguay and England will be tie with 3pts

Using Goal Difference :

Since a win would increase the GD 1 or more , and a lost would decrease GD by 1 or more

Costa Rica would have lost 2 games and their GD will drop down from 2 to 0 or lower

Uruguay would have lost to Italy and their GD will drop down from -1 to -2 or lower

England would win 1 game and have their GD increase from -2 to -1 or higher

England has a good chance of winning the tie-breaker. All they need is 1) Italy to beat Costa Rica by 3 or more goals or 2) England winning by 2 or more goals

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I don’t want to hear any more tripe about the England team!!!!

British foot ball has had a big problem for decades now,
British clubs spent to much money on foreign players in instead of investing in indigenous talent,

Al l decisions seem to be based on greed and personal financial gain ,

Rother than with a view to creating a national team that might win,

The fans and the media are to blame as well giving half baked third rate England teams there unconditional support instead of criticising the hole system British foot ball is based around,

Olympic sport has massively improved its performance through the targeted injection of cash
And implementation of Kizan principles,

Football seems to suffer from have to much money and the application of no principles at all.

And this wont change as long as fans continue to say England might win if Bubonic plague wipes out the rest of the worlds football teams.

As for my self I stopped supporting England decades ago for all the above reasons.

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I don’t want to hear any more tripe about the England team!!!!

British foot ball has had a big problem for decades now,

Maybe time to move away from an English team and have an actual British team. Splitting up the home nations may be good for local pride, but not good for putting the best team on the field.

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Prandelli offers to resign as Italy coach Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he was resigning as coach of the national team after watching his side knocked out of the World Cup.

Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 to end the Italians participation in the competition.

The Italian FA have already said they will ask him to consider his position.

"The technical project failed and it’s only right I take responsibility,” he said.

FIGC president Giancarlo Abete also offered his “irrevocable” resignation, which he assured was made before the tournament.

“Prandelli offered his resignation. I will call a FIGC meeting and hope Prandelli takes back his resignation, as apart from the result, we did everything possible within the levels of competitivity our football currently has.

“I think second place at Euro 2012, third in the Confederations Cup and comfortable qualification should not be ignored.”


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