Gianluigi Buffon needed to fight back the tears as he brought an end to a sparkling international duty on Monday night.
What’s more, he could be joined by Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi and Giorgio Chiellini in retiring from the Italian national side after they fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The Italy captain affirmed he had worn the Azzurri shirt for the last time after the four-time World Cup champs who was beaten by Sweden.
Gian Piero Ventura’s side lost 1-0 more than two legs in a playoff against Sweden, unfit to upset the one-goal advantage at the San Siro.
Addressing Italian TV after the match, Buffon let it out was a pitiful day for Italy as they fail to achieve their first World Cup finals in 60 years.
‘I’m not grieved for myself but rather all of the Italian football. We fizzled at something which additionally implies something on a social level. There’s disappointment at completing that way, not on the grounds that time passes.’
Buffon won 175 tops amid his international game and lifted the trophy in 2006 after triumph in a thrilling shoot-out that finished France in Berlin.
The Juventus No 1 was additionally in the Italy squad that lost in the last of Euro 2000 and played in the one crushed 4-0 by Spain at Euro 2012.
He added: ‘Those who’ve played know how hard these matches are. We couldn’t communicate getting it done. We did not have the levelheadedness to score.
‘Play-offs are chosen by scenes and they conflicted with us however you can comprehend that when you’re to blame.
‘We have pride, quality and we’re headstrong. We know how to get go down again as we’ve generally done.
‘I’m leaving an Italy side that will know how to justify itself. Embraces to everybody, particularly those I’ve imparted this awesome excursion to.
‘Fault is shared similarly between everybody. There can’t be substitutes. Win together, lose together.’
Juventus defender Barzagli called it ‘the greatest frustration of my life and the ‘finish of a period’.
BUFFON FOR ITALY
Goals conceded: 124
Clean sheets: 64
Honours: 2006 World Cup
‘In football terms, it’s the greatest frustration of my life. The Italy side gives you one of a kind sensations. It gives you goosebumps, makes fellowships between all the Italy fans, they are at long last joined together. It’s a genuine disgrace to end this way,’ he disclosed to Rai Sport.
‘I don’t comprehend what we missed, all I know is we’re out of the World Cup, it’s a one of a kind dissatisfaction and leaving this gathering of fellows is difficult.
‘Everybody has their own emotions, yet it’s truly difficult to acknowledge at this moment.
‘In any event at Euro 2016 we were crying since we came so close, however not notwithstanding qualifying is a substantial blow for my entire profession. With Gigi and Daniele we had the enterprise in the 2006 World Cup, yet additionally had many undertakings with Giorgio.
‘It’s enormously frustrating, I trust the more youthful players can take the circumstance close by and improve the situation than us. The time of four or five veterans finds some conclusion, the one of the ravenous youthful players coming through starts and that is the manner by which it ought to be.’
Porto attendant Iker Casillas, who has 167 tops with Spain, tweeted his own particular tribute to Buffon.
‘I don’t care for seeing you like this!’ he composed. ‘I need to consider you to be you’ve generally been, as what you are really going after numerous – as a legend. I’m glad to have met you and to have confronted you ordinarily.’