Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1958

Antonio Conte Chelsea

Sweden qualify for the World Cup... thoughts immediately turn to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Paolo Cannavaro attacked the "mummies who control Italian football" as the Sassuolo defender also hit out at foreign Serie A players after Italy sensationally failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The four-time world champions played out a goalless draw with Sweden at the San Siro on Monday night, failing to overturn a one-goal deficit from Friday's first leg in Stockholm and missing out on a place at next summer's finals in the process.

De Rossi, like goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon, announced his retirement from global football after Italy's failure to earn a place in Russian Federation was confirmed. "I have not yet spoken to the president", said Ventura.

This marks Sweden's first trip to the World Cup since 2006. I think that's the key - we know how strong we are. "Congratulations to the national team!" he wrote on Facebook. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skillful", Andersson said.

"For my part, this is the biggest thing that has happened to me and for those of us that are older this is probably the last chance to play at a World Cup so to succeed in those circumstances is an unbelievable joy", the 32-year-old said.

Saif Ali Khan gifts Taimur a swanky Jeep worth Rs 1.30 crore
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan are one of the power couples of Bollywood. We can't wait to see Taimur take his first ride with daddy Saif Ali Khan .

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

The Italy players, who along with their 69-year-old coach Gian Piero Ventura, are likely to face long inquests, collapsed onto the pitch in despair at the final whistle and even veterans such as Giorgio Chiellini were inconsolable.

"I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up", said De Rossi.

"Let us support the young Italy that will come!"

"Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 minutes against the Swedes, who will go to Russia", Gazzetta commented.

Latest News