This is new… Italy have failed to reach World Cup for first time in 60 years following a 0-0 draw in Milan. After lifting the World Cup trophy four times, Italy won’t be participating in a World Cup – for the first time since 1958. Italy played to a 0-0 draw with Sweden in a World Cup qualifying play-off second leg on Monday, falling 1-0 on aggregate to miss out on Russia 2018.
Meanwhile, Italian legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has retired from international football after a World Cup play-off defeat by Sweden.
Buffon, 39, said: “It’s a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup.”Blame is shared equally between everyone. There can’t be scapegoats.”
Italian defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi also announced their retirement post-game.