Italy keeper Buf­fon ends Intl ca­reer

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ITALY goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon con­firmed he was end­ing his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer after the four-time cham­pi­ons failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Buf­fon, 39, played his 175th and fi­nal game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on ag­gre­gate in a play-off by Swe­den after a 0-0 sec­ond-leg draw at the San Siro, bring­ing an end to a 20year in­ter­na­tional ca­reer that in­cluded win­ning the 2006 World Cup. “I’m not sorry for my­self but all of Ital­ian football,” Buf­fon told Ital­ian broad­caster Rai. “We failed at some­thing which also means some­thing on a so­cial level. “There’s re­gret at fin­ish­ing like that, not be­cause time passes.” An­drea Barza­gli and 34-year-old mid­fielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two mem­bers of Italy’s squad on Mon­day who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also re­tired from in­ter­na­tion­als in the af­ter­math of the shock de­feat.

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