World Cup heartbreak for Buffon's Italy

14 November 2017 04:12:21 EST

Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon believes the side will bounce back after missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia following a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.

The Juventus keeper, who has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season unless the Old Lady book their place in the FIFA Club World Cup, was unable to help the Azzurri respond from their 1-0 defeat in Stockholm, as they were held to a goalless draw in Milan on Monday night.

Having missed out on their first World Cup since 1958, a tearful Buffon admitted it was a sad way to end his international career but does feel the national side has the quality to be a success going forward.

He said: "It's a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup.

"Blame is shared equally between everyone. There can't be scapegoats."

He added: "There is certainly a future for Italian football because we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet."

Juventus star Andrea Barzagli and Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi also ended their Italy careers on Monday night, while Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini is also expected to call time on his spell with the national side.

Sweden are 80/1 to win the World Cup, while Germany are one of the favourites at 5/1.

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