CARLO ANCELOTTI is the frontrunner to replace Gian Piero Ventura as the next Italy boss.
But, unlike the nation of his birth, he may yet be at the 2018 World Cup.
The Asian side will have low expectations at football’s biggest event and go into it as the lowest-ranked nation.
Former Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza — who’s period in charge of the Albiceleste left them on the brink of not qualifying — was recently sacked by Saudi Arabia after just three months in the job.
The Green Falcons are back on the biggest stage following a 12-year absence, having been guided by 2010 World Cup-finalist Bert van Marwijk.
But the Dutchman left following qualification as he believed they would not be able to achieve success and refused to return after Bauza’s sacking for the same reason.
But it is the Italy job which may well tempt him into international management — despite the absence of the Azzurri in Russia.