Italy needs a youth over­haul af­ter miss­ing World Cup

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

ROME » Out with the old guard and in with the new. Italy’s na­tional soc­cer team needs a se­ri­ous in­jec­tion of youth to re­cover from its fail­ure to qual­ify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

Goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon, de­fender An­drea Barza­gli and mid­fielder Daniele De Rossi — the three holdovers from the squad that won the World Cup in 2006 — an­nounced they were re­tir­ing from the na­tional team in the af­ter­math of a 1-0 ag­gre­gate loss to Swe­den in a play­off.

Vet­eran de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini was also con­sid­er­ing re­tire­ment.

“We all need to take a step back to re­set the move­ment,” Chiellini said. “It’s the low­est point in mod­ern times for Ital­ian soc­cer. We need to take ad­van­tage of this mo­ment to re­design a new squad.”

Italy coach Gian Piero Ven­tura is sure to go, and there are also calls for fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Carlo Tavec­chio to step down. DUBLIN » Chris­tian Erik­sen scored a su­perb hat trick as Den­mark qual­i­fied for next year’s World Cup with an em­phatic 5-1 vic­tory over Ire­land.

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