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Snapshots: Mario Balotelli and model wife Fanny banter in New York

No World Cup. No new season. Shudder. Yes, it's another deathly slow football news day. Anyway, we're no body language experts, but this looks like a textbook couple argument…

Why always me? Credit: PA
Mario 'Two Phones' Balotelli. Credit: PA


De Rossi dropped over punch

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been omitted from the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly against Spain in Madrid for breaking head coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics.

Azzurri vice-captain De Rossi was left out after punching Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi during Saturday's goalless Serie A match in Rome.


Rossi to see knee specialist

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi will travel to the United States this week to see a knee specialist in order to confirm the extent of his injury and his recovery time.

The Italy international was hurt in his side's 1-0 triumph over Livorno on Sunday and tests have so far ruled out Rossi needing to undergo surgery to his right knee.

Rossi has previously undergone two operations to reconstruct cruciate ligaments on the same knee.

Giaccherini ready to fight for a spot

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini hopes to have boosted his chances of playing in next summer's World Cup after his performance against Nigeria in Monday's international friendly.

I am delighted with my performance and that of the team. It's a pity that just when we were playing at our best, Nigeria scored twice.

I think in any case we reacted well and we were able to draw.

We really wanted to do well in our last friendly and I think we handed a good performance.

I believe that when the important games begin Italy will be ready.

I just hope to continue to do well and conquer a place for the tournament in Brazil.

– Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini
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