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De Rossi Announces His International Retirement

Daniele De Rossi has followed Barzagli and Buffon, announcing his retirement after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

De Rossi, 34, finishes his Italy career with 117 caps and 21 goals since 2004. The Roma midfielder represented Italy at three World Cups, three European Championships and a Confederations Cup.

“We will begin again, just as we did after other desperately disappointing moments,” De Rossi said.

“I don’t believe we deserved to go out considering the 180 minutes. Sweden deserve credit for their performance, but it was fairly even.

“Now the next generation is ready to take flight and we must begin again from them. It was almost an absurd moment to associate with a football match. There was a funeral atmosphere in the locker room, yet nobody died.

“I’ve been wandering around Coverciano and all over the world with this jersey for over a decade, so to take it off for the last time is a strange feeling.”

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