England’s Wayne Rooney is surrounded by Italian defenders during the  Group D World Cup clash at  at the Amazonia arena in Manaus. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

England manager Roy Hodgson sprang to the defence of Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United forward was criticised for an indifferent performance in(...)

Italy’s Riccardo Montolivo  receives medical attention after breaking his leg at Craven Cottage last night. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Inevitably, the broken leg suffered by midfielder, Riccardo Montolivo, tended to overshadow all other Italian reaction to last night’s 0-0 friendly dr(...)

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli (right) speaks to his players during a training session in Coverciano, Florence, Italy. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti / EPA

Italian coach Cesare Prandelli is totally concentrated on Italy’s opening World Cup Group D game against England in Manaus on June 14th. So much so t(...)