Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed his retirement from international football, after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the world cup for the first time in sixty years.
The thirty-nine year old had decided to retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup, but confirmed he will take his leave early, following his team’s 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden on Tuesday.
Covering his hands with his eyes, the iconic national star who lifted the World Cup in 2006, said: “I’m sorry that my final game coincided with us not qualifying for the World Cup.
“There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.
“I am not sorry for myself but all of Italian football.”
Buffon made his Italy debut in October 1997 and went on to earn 175 caps, winning the World Cup in Germany in 2006.
Fellow veterans Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli also announced retirement from the national team.