Legendary Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, apologized to fans while he announced his retirement from international duty.
A tearful Buffon spoke as his side failed to qualify for the first time since 1958.
Covering his hands with his eyes, the iconic national star who lifted the World Cup in 2006, 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, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.
“I thank the lads who were us and, although it wasn’t enough, I hope that we gave them something.
“In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide credit and the blame.
“The coach is part of this entire group.”