Former Italy coach Cesare Maldini is full of praise for the work of Cesare Prandelli.

"Prandelli is the right man to take this side far," declared the ex-AC Milan chief.

"He knows how to convey serenity and confidence. He's wise, he explains things well and he avoids controversy.

"He also has so many youngsters who he can focus on with his eyes closed. Look at Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, players with extraordinary talent.

"They can only grow and mature."