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Mancini refuses to discuss Italy future after World Cup QL exit

Roberto Mancini was reluctant to discuss his future as Italy manager after branding failure to qualify for this year's World Cup the biggest disappointment of his career.

The European champions' hopes of making it to Qatar were extinguished by a shock 1-0 play-off semi-final defeat to North Macedonia in Palermo.

Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina has backed Mancini, who guided the Azzurri to Euro 2020 glory at Wembley just nine months ago, to continue.

World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is reported to be the leading candidate to take over, should former Manchester City boss Mancini resign in the wake of the monumental upset.

"In July, the Wembley victory was the best thing; this is the biggest disappointment of my career," said Mancini, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"This national team has good players and a great future. Now I feel too disappointed to speak about my future, we will see."

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