Luigi Di Biagio has been confirmed as Italy's interim head coach for the March friendlies against Argentina and England.
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta last week said Under-21s boss Di Biagio, 46, would be offered the chance to take control of the Azzurri on a temporary basis.
The former Roma and Inter Milan midfielder was on Monday formally appointed as Giampiero Ventura's short-term successor for the game against Argentina at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on March 23 and a showdown with England at Wembley four days later.
Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia due to a play-off defeat to Sweden, are still keen to find Ventura's replacement following the veteran tactician's departure in November.
Costacurta has publicly revealed a desire to speak to current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte - formerly in charge of the Azzurri - and Carlo Ancelotti. Roberto Mancini has also been linked with the vacancy.