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Gianluigi Buffon ‘confirms retirement from international football’

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 Russia.

 

“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” Buffon told BBC Sport.

“We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes. There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.

“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin. I want to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had almost 10 years alongside. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn’t enough, I hope that we gave them something.

“In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group.”