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Italy defender Andrea Barzagli is stepping away from the worldwide stage.

The centre-back grew to become the most recent Italian legend to announce his retirement from worldwide soccer following Monday’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Barzagli described Italy’s failure to overturn Sweden‘s 1-Zero benefit as a bitter solution to finish his worldwide profession, and handed alongside his finest needs to the following era of Italian gamers.

“I feel that is greatest disappointment of my life in soccer,” he stated. The Italian Nationwide Crew offers you distinctive sensations, you’ve got goosebumps throughout the anthem as you are united with the followers. It is a disgrace to complete like that.

“The tears on the Euros had been an outlet, to go away like it is a powerful blow for my profession.

“With (Gianluigi Buffon) and Daniele (De Rossi), we skilled the 2006 World Cup collectively but additionally with Giorgio (Chiellini) we went by means of so much collectively. There needs to be hope now. A cycle is ending for 4 or 5 veterans and it begins once more for the younger guys and I hope they’ve the need.”

The 36-year-old wraps up his profession with 73 caps and a World Cup winners’ medal after Italy’s triumph in 2006.

De Rossi confirmed his retirement shortly after the match, whereas Buffon reiterated his intention to step away from the Italian staff after making his 175th look.

Chiellini can also be anticipated to hold up his boots for the nationwide staff, however has but to make a proper announcement.