Buffon retires from international football

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Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon retired from international football following Italy’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup

Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy on Monday as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that saw him winning the 2006 World Cup.

Andrea Barzagli and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two members of Italy’s squad who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retired from international football in the aftermath of the shock defeat.