Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed his interest in becoming the next head coach of Italy.
The 53-year-old, who is currently in charge of Zenit St Petersburg, never won the World Cup as a player and no Italian will this summer as the Azzurri surprisingly failed to qualify for Russia 2018.
Two months after Giampiero Ventura’s departure as national team manager, the post remains vacant and Mancini admits it would be an honour to lead Italy.
He told Sky Sport Italia: “I have a dream – winning as a manager what I never won as a player, the World Cup.
“For 40 years I’ve been out on the pitch every day as a footballer and coach, I don’t think I would miss that daily work. I am young and I could return to a club after coaching the national team.
“I’ve worked at big clubs and won things. Coaching the national team is a beautiful thing and it would be a honour to do so, I would be proud to.
“Winning a European Championship or World Cup would make me even more so.”
Carlo Ancelotti, Fabio Capello and former Italy boss Antonio Conte have also been linked with the role.