Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was more than happy to indulge in an early morning selfie with a supporter as Italy’s weary-eyed stars left their London hotel for training.
The Azzurri are finalising their preparations ahead of facing Gareth Southgate’s buoyant England side at Wembley on Tuesday.
National team manager Luigi Di Biagio will be eyeing a response from his players after they fell to a 2-0 friendly defeat in Manchester against a Lionel Messi-less Argentina side.
All wearing identical red trainers and grey tracksuits, some of the players opted to wear their hood up in a bid to hide any tiredness.
While the game at Wembley is Southgate’s last opportunity to work with his England stars before he selects his final World Cup squad, Italy have no such dilemmas after failing to qualify for the Russia showpiece.
Play-off defeat to Sweden cost Italy a World Cup place for the first time in 60 years as Di Biagio now eyes the new generation of talent.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is the natural heir to Buffon while much is expected of Daniele Rugani, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Patrick Cutrone – all of which will hope to feature at Wembley.
England also plan to pay tribute to Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died at the start of March.
Astori, who was a friend to many in the national team set-up, was honoured in Manchester on Friday both pre-match and on the special shirts worn by Italy’s players. Credit: dailymail.co.uk