Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup following a Zero-Zero draw with Sweden on the San Siro.
The Azzurri failed to overturn the 1-Zero defeat they suffered within the first leg, which means they are going to fail to see the finals for the primary time in 60 years.
The defeat additionally brings concerning the finish of Gianluigi Buffon’s 20-year affiliation with the Italian nationwide staff.
And the 39-year-old was once visibly distraught on the ultimate whistle, apologising to the enthusiasts and nation as an entire for the outcome.
“I am not sorry for myself however all of Italian soccer,” the Juventus legend stated.
“We failed at one thing which additionally method one thing on a social stage. There’s feel sorry about at completing like that, now not as a result of time passes.
“It’s only a disgrace my final reliable recreation coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup.
However, Buffon admitted there’s hope for Italy’s long run, hanging his agree with in 18-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
“There is surely a long run for Italian soccer, as we’ve satisfaction, skill, resolution and after unhealthy tumbles, we all the time have the option to get again on our ft,” he added.
“I depart a squad of skill that may have their say, together with Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin.
“I would like to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had nearly 10 years along.
“I thank the men who had been with us and, even supposing it wasn’t sufficient, I am hoping that we gave them one thing.
“In soccer you win as a bunch, you lose as a bunch, you divide the credit score and the blame. The trainer is a part of this complete crew.”