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Conte wants to Italy back to the top

New Italy coach Antonio Conte believes the national team will "rise again" following a dismal World Cup.

I am excited and very proud to represent Italy. I realise I join the national team at a delicate time after a negative experience at the World Cup, but I am convinced that Italy will rise again.

Italy have won four World Cups and need to return to the place where they belong.

I live to win and I search for wins, I am here to bring that mentality. I hope I will lose very little with the national team.

– Antonio Conte


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.

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