De Rossi was spotted arguing with his coach over a substitution, urging Gian Piero Ventura to put on forward Lorenzo Insigne as the Italians needed a late goal. "We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go," he explained. "I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up! I pointed to Insigne too. "It wasn't up to me whether it was a tactical issue and the prof is a lovely guy, so I'm sorry if I offended anyone. At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead."
Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli officially announced their retirement from international duty.— Matthew Santangelo (@Matt_Santangelo) November 14, 2017
We wave goodbye to the last members of the 2006 FIFA World Cup champions, the Italian National Team.
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Chiellini, 33, made 96 appearances for Italy, and the defender found the net eight times, and he encouraged fans to embrace the next generation of players. "We have many young lads who over the next few years will need this same love and support," he said. "It's a long road ahead and after a fall like this there is much work to be done. "Over the last three years or so we have asked for this love to never leave the Nazionale. Italy will begin again from Marco Verratti and many other lads born in the 1990s who will be mature for the next Euros, which fortunately we'll have some games at home. "I am certain that if what we saw tonight can be built on, it will be seen as a zero hour. Italy hadn't missed the World Cup in 60 years, so clearly it is a sea change. Football belongs to everyone and we all want to create a new era."
Following tonight's result, Daniele De Rossi has announced his retirement from international football.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) November 13, 2017
"My adventure here ends. It's sad to think this was the last time I will wear these colours. But I couldn't be more proud of the journey, everyone I've played alongside." pic.twitter.com/9oremjc3Fg
Barzagli, 36, said it was an "end of an era" after he appeared in 73 international games. "In football terms, it's the biggest disappointment of my life," he said. "The Italy side gives you unique sensations. It gives you goosebumps, creates friendships between all the Italy fans, they are finally united. It's a real shame to end like this. "I don't know what we missed, all I know is we're out of the World Cup, it's a unique disappointment and leaving this group of lads is painful. Everyone has their own feelings, but it's really hard to accept right now. "At least at Euro 2016 we were crying because we came so close, but not even qualifying is a heavy blow for my whole career. With Gigi and Daniele we had the adventure in the 2006 World Cup, but also had many adventures with Giorgio. "It's immensely disappointing. I hope the younger players can take the situation in hand and do better than us. 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."
End of an era.. Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini , Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Barzagli Announce their retirement from the Italian national team. Ventura resigns as coach. It’s time for a new coach and the Italian youth system to finally kick in!! Forza Italia sempre ⚽️ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SzFlsZTScM— Toronto Italians (@TDOT_Italians) November 13, 2017
Find someone who loves you like Jorginho and Andrea Barzagli love singing their national anthem. ? pic.twitter.com/CGzjOMYXU0— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 13, 2017