Italy aren’t going to the World Cup
The biggest shock in the 2018 World Cup playoffs saw Sweden knock out Italy.
A solitary goal over 120 minutes was enough for the Scandinavians to make sure Italy missed their first World Cup finals since 1958.
The defeat signalled the end of several Azzurri players’ international careers.
Gigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are all retiring from Italian national duty.
Daniele De Rossi on the Sweden bus
After the Sweden defeat, Roma legend Daniele De Rossi did something awesome.
According to Sweden’s Pontus Jansson and manager Janne Andersson, De Rossi walked on the Swedish bus after the game.
De Rossi firstly wanted to congratulate them on reaching the World Cup. But he also apologised for the way in which Italy’s fans disrespected their national anthem with boos and jeers.
Pontus Jansson told the story as follows:
He said well done and apologised for how some of the players behaved in Stockholm, and for how some of the fans booed our national anthem in the return leg.
The whole atmosphere on the bus was like: ‘wow, did that really happen?’. It was one of the nicest moments for a long time actually, what a damn gentleman.
De Rossi’s last act for Italy
During the Sweden game, De Rossi focused attentions on the sidelines.
In the second half, substitute De Rossi was asked by one of the coaching staff to warm up but refused.
De Rossi remonstrated and can clearly be seen saying: “Why the hell should I go on? We don’t need to draw here, we need to win!”
And, De Rossi appears to point to Lorenzo Insigne – the man inexplicably left out by manager Ventura.
#DeRossi arguing insigne's case with one of Ventura's assistants
— ⚫Pinturicchio⚪ (@juvegalaxy) November 13, 2017