Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Luigi Di Biagio has been confirmed as Italy's interim head coach

The former Roma and Inter Milan midfielder was on Monday formally appointed as Giampiero Ventura's short-term successor. Photo: PA

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.