Thursday September 1 2016
Ventura: '4-2-4 future for Italy'

Giampiero Ventura hinted at changes to Italy in future, but explained why he had to work on a Euro 2016 basis against France.

The new Coach makes his debut this evening with an international friendly at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), follow the action on our LIVEBLOG.

“The 4-2-4 can be the future for the Nazionale, as if interpreted well, it can give results and also make the development of moves more pleasing to watch,” Ventura told Rai Sport.

“However, I had three days to prepare for the France game, so it was unthinkable to transform the tactics in three days.”

Italy: Buffon; Barzagli, Astori, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Bonaventura, De Sciglio; Pellè, Eder
France: Mandanda; Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny, Kurzawa; Pogba, Kanté, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Martial