England’s Leighton Baines was left badly exposed at times against Italy in England’s opening World Cup Group D game in Manaus. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

The grilling Wayne Rooney has received from the English media since Saturday’s defeat by Italy must have been welcome in at least one part of the Engl(...)

Claudio Marchisio (right) with his teammate Daniele De Rossi of Italy celebrates scoring against Luxembourg  in Perugia. Photograph:   Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy 1 Luxembourg 1Lowly Luxembourg tore up the script with a late equaliser in a 1-1 friendly draw with Italy on Wednesday that wrecked the four tim(...)

Lazio players have been the subject of death threats in the run up to the Italian Cup final against Rome rivals AS Roma. Photograph:  Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Today’s Italian Cup final derby between city cousins AS Roma and Lazio was always going to be a hot and heavy affair but the pre-match climate has (...)

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