Italy have announced that they will wear a special kit for their friendly matches against Argentina and England in memory of Davide Astori.
The centre-back passed away earlier this month on the eve of his Fiorentina side’s away match against Udinese, with the cause of death given as cardiac arrest.
His passing sparked a wave of grief around the nation, with the remainder of the Serie A card that weekend postponed in his memory.
Italy, meanwhile, have unveiled a kit that they will use over the next couple of fixtures that will act as a memorial to the 31-year-old.
It will have an inscription under the crest reading: “Davide with us forever.”
Below the writing will be the No.13 that he wore.
#DavideSempreConNoi: The National Team remembers #Astori
"Davide with us forever" - This is the message that'll adorn the #Azzurri shirts for tonight's friendly against #Argentina 🇦🇷 in #Manchester.#VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/FdyVrESa53 — Italy (@azzurri) March 23, 2018
Astori’s death has inspired Gianluigi Buffon to end his international retirement and come back at least for these two fixtures, stating: "He’s a reason why I’m here. I wanted to be present and respond to this feeling."
Italy will wear the kit on Friday when they tackle Argentina in Manchester and then again on Tuesday, when they face England at Wembley.