Italy will not be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958, after losing their ticket to Sweden.

That terrible record has led to the sack of coach Giampiero Ventura, and a replacement is now needed to prepare the team for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

And for Italian Football Federation's president, Carlo Tavecchio, Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, would be his first choice to be the new Azzurri coach.

"[Massimiliano] Allegri, [Roberto] Mancini, [Carlo] Ancelotti... I say getting warmer," Tavecchio told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"And Conte? Fire."

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Juventus boss, Allegri, has said he wants to be Italy boss one day but "not at this moment" and while former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the Zenit St Petersburg boss, Carlo Ancelotti is available after being sacked by Bayern Munich.

After a successful stint at Seria A club Juventus, Conte was in charge of Italy national team from 2014 to 2016.

The Chelsea manager had hinted he would like to return to home country to end his coaching career soon.

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