Liverpool new boy Mario Balotelli has been told by Italy team manager Gabriele Oriali that expectations have increased.
Following a difficult start to life on Wearside, Emanuele Giaccherini could almost be like a new signing for Sunderland this season.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is embroiled in yet another controversial biting incident but his lawyer has now come out to defend him accusing England of launching a vendetta against the Liverpool forward.
Fabio Borini could be in line for a shock international recall with Italy this weekend.
The World Cup in Brazil is still one year away but it will likely be at the forefront of the minds of players as they consider their options in this summer’s transfer market.