Italy keeper Buffon ends Intl career
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.