Luigi Di Biagio has been named interim Italy coach for the friendlies against Argentina and England in March.
The Italian federation (FIGC) announced the country’s U21 coach will take the senior side for the two matches on Monday.
Italy have been without a coach since Gian Piero Ventura resigned in November after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Di Biagio made 31 appearances for Italy, representing his country at the World Cup in 1998 and 2002, as well as the European Championships in 2000 where Dino Zoff’s side lost to France in the final by golden goal.
His club career included spells as a midfielder at Inter Milan and AS Roma.
The 46-year-old was appointed Italy U21 coach in 2013.
Italy play Argentina in Manchester on March 23 and England at Wembley four days later.