Departure of stalwarts
A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international football as well as the likes of Andrea Barzagli and Daniele De Rossi. Their departure marks the end of the magnificient Italian old guard that brought the Azzurri at World Cup in 2006.
“I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up. I pointed to Insigne too. I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead.” Daniele de Rossi