Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon 'confirms retirement from global football'

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Four-time world champions Italy will not be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation following their 0-0 home draw against Sweden in the second leg of their European play-off qualifier on Monday.

"It's disappointing", Buffon told Rai Sport while fighting back tears.

Italy will not participate at the World Cup. "We've failed something which could have been big also on a social level and this is my only disappointment".

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But why do we want Italy to qualify?

Alessandro Florenzi tried an audacious volley that went a foot wide of Olsen's post, while Immobile came close at the near post but, ultimately, the Azzurri found no solutions to get back into the tie, and will miss out on the world finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian media has largely placed the blame for a poor qualifying campaign and dismal play-off attempt at the door of head coach Giampiero Ventura, who is under contract until 2020.

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"I thank the lads who were us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something".

"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigi Donnarumma and Mattia Perin". I want to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had nearly 10 years alongside.

"There is still a future for our football". We weren't able to express ourselves at our best.

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Despite plenty of chances, Italy has been sent packing from the FIFA World Cup, unable to secure the goal they needed in the second leg of their play-off against Sweden. He was injured in Italy's first game in 2010, then returned in 2014, but Italy failed to make it out of the group stage.

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