Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura gestures during the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Italy is picking through the wreckage after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 .Gian Piero Ventura was given the Italy job in the wake of Euro 2016 after five excellent years at Torino, whom he took from Serie B in 2011 to the Europa League round of 16 in 2015 .Critics suggested that a team that has four World Cups and two European Championships to its name needed someone with a bigger reputation and better record in the upper echelons of the game.Italy might not have players of the same caliber as the 2006 World Cup team, but there is still plenty of talent to pick from. The key problem in this disastrous campaign was that Ventura did not play or sometimes even select Italy's top young talent.
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