Fabio Cannavaro named manager of the China national team

Fabio Cannavaro during the AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Tianjin Quanjian and Guangzhou Evergrande.
Image: Fabio Cannavaro is China's new head coach

Fabio Cannavaro has been named head coach of the China national team for next week's China Cup tournament.

The 2006 World Cup winner, who is currently the coach of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, will take charge of the squad for the four-nation competition, which kicks off on March 21 with China facing Thailand in the semi-finals.

Uruguay and Uzbekistan are also participating in the event, which will be held in Nanning, with the final to be played on March 25.

The 45-year-old Italian will be advised by Marcello Lippi, who stood down from the head coach's role following China's exit from January's Asian Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Image: Cannavaro won the 2006 World Cup

The Chinese Football Association did not confirm whether Cannavaro's appointment would be permanent or only for the duration of the China Cup.

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A 23-man squad has been selected for the tournament but striker Wu Lei, who finished last season as the top scorer in the Chinese Super League has been left out.

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