Italy appoint Di Biagio as interim coach

Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been installed as interim head coach of his country’s national team.

The former Roma and Inter midfielder, who was capped 31 times by Italy, will take charge of next month’s friendlies against Argentina and England.

Italy face La Albiceleste at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on March 23 before taking on the Three Lions at Wembley¬†four days later.

Di Biagio has been given his chance to press claims for the job despite lacking top-flight coaching experience.

The Azzurri have been without a coach since Gian Piero Ventura’s departure in the aftermath of their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Play-off defeat to Sweden marked the first time in 60 years that four-time winners Italy had missed out on a place at the showpiece tournament, and appointing a successor has been complicated by the failure to elect Carlo Tavecchio’s successor as FIGC president.

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