Buf­fon Con­firms Int’l Re­tire­ment

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MI­LAN (Dis­patches) Gian­luigi Buf­fon fought back tears as he con­firmed his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball fol­low­ing Italy’s shock fail­ure to qual­ify for Rus­sia 2018.

The Az­zurri missed out on a place at the World Cup for the first time since 1958 as a 0-0 draw at San Siro on Mon­day con­firmed a 1-0 ag­gre­gate de­feat to Swe­den.

Gian Piero Ven­tura ap­pears all but cer­tain to be axed as na­tional team boss as a re­sult of the heart­break, but say­ing good­bye to 175-cap vet­eran Buf­fon will hit the Ital­ian fans harder.

The Ju­ven­tus leg­end in­sisted he was not sad­dened by the end of his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer, which peaked with the 2006 World Cup tri­umph, but rather the ef­fect the re­sult will have on Ital­ian foot­ball.

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