Maradona rues Italy's World Cup absence

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Four-time champions Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a play-off defeat against Sweden.

Failure to qualify in 1958 had come full circle in sixty years, their final appearances in 1970 and 1994 plus victories in 1982 and 2006 sandwiched in between their latest exit ahead of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation. Everyone attacked Ventura but the players did not take their responsibility as well.

The United States football federation is exploring the possibility of hosting matches next year with teams that failed to qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup, including Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Ghana and the USA themselves. Buffon's Juventus teammate Andrea Barzagli also announced his retirement, as did Roma legend Daniele de Rossi. "Why the hell should I go on?", the furious veteran was captured on camera as saying. You can tell Mourinho, United will pay you 12, 15 million euros per year and the Italian federation will pay you an extra one, two or three million euros to be our interim coach. The fact was that the elder members of the squad knew that it was time for them to be replaced by a new generation, confirmed by a speight of worldwide retirements after the match. Denmark and Sweden were angered by suggestions they would throw the game to progress together.

World cup : the massive cost of the elimination for Italy

Italy's World Cup failure means the country's RAI television channel now expects far fewer Italian viewers to tune in next summer. True lovers of football couldn't fail to be moved by the emotions on show by the legendary stopper, a fact that was acknowledged by one of his peers after the match. "I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead".

Dyabala, nicknamed La Joya, has started to get regular playing time for the Argentine national side as well and while he is yet to open his account for La Albiceleste, the 23-year-old is seen a vital part of Jorge Sampaoli's side ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"I was looking forward to and counting on this World Cup for us to show all that we can do". [Leonardo] Bonucci or also [Daniele] De Rossi or the others.

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