Legendary keeper apologises to fans after a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden ends dream of being in Russia next year
Tearful Gianluigi Buffon apologised to Italy fans while announcing his retirement from international duty.
The legendary Italy goalkeeper was hysterical as his country failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Covering his eyes with his hands, the icon said: “I’m sorry that my final game coincided with us not qualifying for the World Cup.
“I am not sorry for myself but all of Italian football.
“We failed at something which also means something on a social level.
“There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.
“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.
“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigi Donnarumma and Mattia Perin.
“I want to give a…