Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio talks to journalists during a press conference at the Coverciano training facility, near Florence, Italy, Monday, March 19, 2018. (Maurizio Degli Innocenti/ANSA via AP)
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Already at a historic low point following a failed World Cup qualification, Italy's rebuilding effort begins this week with the team in mourning following the death of defender Davide Astori.Interim coach Luigi Di Biagio will guide the team in friendlies against Argentina Friday and England four days later.While Astori played only 14 times for Italy, his presence in the squad was a constant in recent seasons with 58 call-ups.Di Biagio was promoted from the under-21 squad last month after Gian Piero Ventura was fired in the wake of the playoff loss.While Di Biagio has been criticized for urging Buffon to stay with the squad and recalling other veteran players, he did call up Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa, both 20-year-old forwards.Cutrone has developed into a reliable scorer for AC Milan this season while Chiesa, the son of former Italy forward Enrico Chiesa, has shown off his versatility at Fiorentina, where he has also played in an attacking midfield position.Di Biagio wants to see an attacking squad.
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