Cannavaro attacks 'mummies who control Italian football' after World Cup debacle

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

A 0-0 draw against Sweden in the second leg of a UEFA World Cup qualifier playoff on Monday means that Italy will not participate in the competition for the first time since 1958.

After Sweden's "Miracle of Milan" booked them a berth at the World Cup finals and sent Italy crashing out, could Zlatan Ibrahimovic be set for a return from global retirement?

Italy last won the World Cup in 2006, but excited at the group stage in 2010 and 2014.

"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigi Donnarumma and Mattia Perin".

Despite their efforts, a Swedish shut-out sent the Scandinavians to Russian Federation and left the Italian players in tears, with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon emotionally announcing the end of his 175-cap career nearly immediately after the final whistle blew.

"When Ibrahimovic was here with us we played a different style of football".

Italy joins Chile, Holland, the U.S. Men's National Team, Ghana and the Ivory Coast as some of the most recognizable countries to miss out on next year's World Cup. I have to evaluate an infinity of things. After the match, he said: "I have not resigned because I haven't spoken to the president yet". I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result. "Not taking part in the Russia World Cup is an enormous slap in the face".

Another Rome resident Enrico Doddi summed up the national disappointment, saying: "You can not have a good World Cup without Italy".

"The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that's how it should be", said Ventura, who took over from Chelsea coach Antonio Conte in 2016 with a contract until June 2020.

As the clock ticked down, De Rossi was asked by Ventura to warm up but he pointed at Insigne instead. "I pointed to Insigne too. Let's make sure this helps us undertake radical change, immediately", he said.

"Apocalypse Azzurra", said the headline of La Stampa newspaper, referring to the unofficial name of the team whose bright blue jerseys reflect the azure of the Mediterranean Sea.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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