Monday February 5 2018
OFFICIAL: Di Biagio for Italy friendlies

The FIGC has confirmed that Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio will be in charge for the Azzurri’s friendlies against Argentina and England in March.

The temporary promotion comes as no surprise, with FIGC vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta revealing Di Biagio would be caretaker last week.

A statement on the federation’s official website reads: “Following a meeting held today at the FIGC’s headquarters in Rome, in the presence of Extraordinary Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and his deputy Alessandro Costacurta, it has been decided that Luigi Di Biagio will be CT for the two international games in March, scheduled for the 23rd against Argentina in Manchester and the 27th with England in London.”

The 46-year-old played almost 500 games for Lazio, Monza, Foggia, Roma, Inter, Brescia and Ascoli, while representing Italy 31 times, including at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, plus Euro 2000.

The former midfielder began his coaching tenure with the Azzurri as their Under-20 Coach in 2011, before stepping up to the U21s two years later, taking them to two European Championships.

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