Sebastian Larsson reacts after Sweden draw 0-0 with Italy to secure their place at next summer’s World Cup. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Italy 0 Sweden 0 (Sweden win 1-0 on aggregate) Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being shut out by S(...)

 Iceland players do the ‘Huh’ with supporters after sealing qualification for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over  Kosovo in Reykjavik. Photograph: Birgir Thor Hardarson/EPA

Gylfi Sigurdsson helped Iceland seal qualification for their first ever World Cup finals by scoring in an emotional 2-0 victory over Kosovo. The Ever(...)

Southampton’s Shane Long goes off injured at the San Siro. Photograph: Reuters

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is a doubt for next month’s World Cup qualifier with Austria having limped off in Southampton’s defeat to Inter(...)

Shane Long was forced off injured as Southampton  were beaten 1-0 by Inter Milan. Photograph: Reuters

Internazionale 1 Southampton 0 Southampton wasted the chance to take a significant step towards the Europa League’s knockout stages with a disappoint(...)

Italy’s coach Antonio Conte during his side’s victory over Spain in the last 16. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

At his first press conference in Montpellier, before a Euro 2016 ball had been kicked, Italian coach Antonio Conte told us that “the sensations are go(...)

Italy coach Antonio Conte has said Ireland can expect no favours from the Azzurri in Lille on Wednesday night. Photograph: Epa

For much of the English media, it seems, Antonio Conte is merely filling in time as Italy manager in the much the same way as Roy Hodgson is with Engl(...)

Sweden striker  Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a training session   in Toulouse ahead of Friday’s meeting with Italy. Photograph:   Vassil Donev/EPA

“Ibra has played seven seasons in Serie A,” says, er, Ibra as Sweden prepare for this afternoon’s game in Toulouse, “and feels a great love for the co(...)

Italy’s Emanuele Giaccherini slides the ball past belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to open the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group E game in Lyon. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters/Livepic

Belgium 0 Italy 2 Belgium go to Bordeaux on Saturday to meet the Republic of Ireland having stumbled into Euro 2016 and been beaten by an Italy team (...)

Italy manager Antonio Conte will move to Chelsea after the tournamet. Photograph: Getty

Prospects A largely uninspiring qualifying campaign combined with the loss through injury of stars like Marco Verratti and Cludio Marchisio have le(...)

A swastika appears on the pitch above an onlooker after the Euro 2016 qualifying  match between Croatia and Italy at the Poljud stadium,  Split, Croatia, on June 12th, 2015. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

The Croatian Football Federation has apologised after a swastika could be seen marked out on the pitch during their European Championship qualifier ag(...)

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