Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has offered to resign following the team's elimination from the World Cup, he told a news conference.

Italy, four-times world champions, lost 1-0 to Uruguay to finish third in Group D.

Prandelli said: "I talked to the President of the Federation and Demetrio Albertini, and gave my resignation.

"The technical set-up didn't work, and I take all responsibility for that. Something has changed since my contract was renewed. I don't know why. I chose a certain technical plan and that's why I am resigning, because it did not work. My resignation is irrevocable."

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