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Fabio Cannavaro wants Italy job

Fabio Cannavaro has declared his interest in replacing Cesare Prandelli as coach of Italy.

- Marcotti: Prandelli's abandoned philosophy

Cannavaro, who captained the Azzurri to the 2006 World Cup, believes it would be an "honour" to take charge of the team, with Prandelli having tendered his resignation on Tuesday following Italy's group-stage exit in Brazil.

Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete also stood down after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but Cannavaro says he is willing to answer his country's call.

The 40-year-old, who has also been linked with the Philadelphia Union job in Major League Soccer, is Italy's most capped outfield player, having won 136 caps between 1997 and 2010.

He told ITV: "It would be a great honour for me to be manager of my national team but I don't know, now the federation, they want to change the president, they want to change the coach.

"I don't know what they want to do or what they want for the future.

"I am ready but we wait. It will be difficult."

Cannavaro has no managerial experience, while Roberto Mancini and Massimiliano Allegri, who have both coached in Serie A and are out of work, have been touted as possible successors to Prandelli.

Prandelli, who had a contract until 2016, won his opening World Cup game against England, but lost the subsequent two to Costa Rica and Uruguay.


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