Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon 'confirms retirement from global football'


Also, this will be Sweden's 12th appearance at the World Cup since making their debut at the second edition held in 1934 in Italy.

The defeat brought the curtain down on the remarkable global career of 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 175th appearance for his country.

Gianluigi Buffon appears to have confirmed that his Italy career is over following the nation's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Juventus legend insisted he was not saddened by the end of his worldwide career, which peaked with the 2006 World Cup triumph, but rather the effect the result will have on Italian football.

"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football". That is the only regret I have and certainly not that I am finishing my career, because time passes and it's only right.

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It was a huge ask of the Brazilian-born player who had not previously played a competitive game for Italy.

"We have pride, strength and we're stubborn. I'm fully aware that this game is fundamental for us, but it's the same scenario as when I first signed to lead the national side", he continued.

"We know we've lost, but we have another 90 minutes to overcome this complicated situation".

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden, who booked a place in Russian Federation with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday. "Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with".

"In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame", he said.