Former England coach Fabio Capello has confirmed his retirement from football management and has ruled himself out of the Italy job.
The 71-year-old was dismissed by Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning in March, and the former AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid coach will now concentrate on his role as a television pundit.
Capello said in a radio interview that; “I’ve already had the experiences of managing England and Russia national teams.
“I wanted to train a club team again and being in charge of Jiangsu was my last football experience.
“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did and now I’m delighted to be a commentator – you always win in this role.”
Italy are seeking a successor to Gian Piero Ventura – who was sacked after the national team missed out on World Cup qualification – and Capello is backing former Manchester City and Leicester manager Roberto Mancini for the role.
He added; “Roberto is a coach of experience who has travelled the world. His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent.
“We have good coaches when we have good players.
“It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders.
“In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn’t have good teachers, good players from whom to learn.”