Former West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola has backed Cesare Prandelli for success with Italy.

Former Fiorentina manager Prandelli will be officially unveiled as national coach on July 1 and Zola feels the 52-year-old will help reinvigorate Italian football.

"I definitely like him," Chelsea legend Zola, who won 35 caps for Italy, told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"He is a young manager with ideas and energy and I think it is the perfect assignment.

"I think he will bring the fresh air of youth to the team and that is a good thing, something we have to work on.

"There will be moments where we will struggle but it is a path we have to go through.

"I am expecting him to select some young players and to work downwards in the national teams, restructuring our youth system which right now is the one which is struggling the most."

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