Italian keeper, Buffon retires in tears

A tearful Gianluigi Buffon called time on his 175-cap international career in the moments following the confirmation of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

The keeper looked emotional during the national anthems as Sweden ground out a 0-0 draw at the San Siro to take them through to Russia.

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The 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper, who made his Italy debut in October 1997, kept a clean sheet but his outfield team-mates failed to score the goals that could have overturned the Scandinavians’ 1-0 advantage in the two-legged European play-off Buffon had already decided to hang up his Azzurri gloves after Russia 2018 and, with that opportunity stripped from him seven months before the tournament, he is taking his leave early.

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