Buffon retires from Italy duty after World Cup failure

Buffon retires from Italy duty after World Cup failure

Gianluigi Buffon wants to lead Italy to the World Cup next summer (Picture: Getty)When is Italy vs Sweden?

Italian manager Gian Piero Ventura was forced into finally playing Jorginho from the start thanks to Marco Veratti's suspension, and the Napoli man was one of the only bright spots on the night for an Italy side which has consistently struggled for creativity in a tough qualifying campaign.

Sweden, who qualified for their first World Cup since 2006, go through 1-0 on aggregate on the back of Jakob Johansson's goal last week in the first leg. They won the 2006 event in Germany, losing just once during qualification before going 5-0-2 during the World Cup itself.

Italy failed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden at the San Siro on Monday night and crashed to a 1-0 aggregate loss in their playoff.

But former Italy global Andrea Pirlo believes it is unsafe for the four-time World Cup winners to rely too heavily on the atmosphere generated by 65,000 frenetic fans in the San Siro.

However, the latest reports suggest that he is now being courted by two national teams who would largely benefit from his arrival.

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Sweden's success, meanwhile, is likely to prompt calls for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to the global fold. The first rule is not to cry over it.

It will played at the San Siro.

This will be only the second World Cup missed by Italy.

At the other end, Sweden had a more legitimate shout dismissed when Matteo Darmian seemingly handled as Marcus Berg tried to squirm his way through the home defence. In 450 minutes of football, from New Zealand to Denmark, Honduras to Switzerland and Greece, not one team or player was able to score.

If the playoffs are being dulled by the determination to shut out the opposition, perhaps it is time for Federation Internationale de Football Association to update the format.

A mini tournament to decide who qualifies for the real thing?

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