Tavecchio: Ranieri should consider Azzurri

Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio has suggested that Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri could be the coach that breaks the Azzurri's World Cup drought.

Ranieri, whose only international coaching experience was a brief stint with Greece in 2014, when he was sacked during their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The 64-year-old was offered the Foxes job shortly afterwards. Now, with current Italy coach Antonio Conte heading to Stamford Bridge to take over from Guus Hiddink at Chelsea, the man who pulled off one of the most remarkable football achievements in recent memory is being candidly discussed as a possible replacement by Tavecchio.

"I hope Ranieri can win a World Cup with Italy, that would be the best," he said at a press conference on Monday.

"I'm speaking in an abstract way, of course, and not necessarily about the next World Cup. Claudio is still young and will have time on his side.

"Have we thought about him as a replacement for Conte? It's him who should be thinking about us!

"We're thinking about a lot of different things right now but those in his second sporting homeland are wishing him every success."

Ranieri himself has expressed interest in the national-team post albeit prior to taking over at the King Power Stadium.

"I'll admit I was curious about coaching a national team, but my experience with Greece was sufficient," Ranieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Of course, leading Italy would be something else. I'd never rule that out, and I'd like that very much. And Leicester, after all, have blue shirts just like the Azzurri."