Scotland Premiership

Astori 'tragedy' weighs on Italy as rebuilding process opens

ROME (AP) Already at a historic low point following a failed World Cup qualification, Italy's rebuilding effort begins this week with the team in mourning following the death of defender Davide Astori.

Interim coach Luigi Di Biagio will guide the team in friendlies against Argentina on Friday and England four days later.

"Something is missing. I can feel it even though I didn't know Davide like a lot of the players did," Biagio said Monday as the Azzurri opened their training camp at the Coverciano complex in Florence.