Zlatan slammed on social media following 'arrogant' tweet about Sweden

Andrew Cummings
November 14, 2017

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after they were held to a goalless home draw by Sweden in the second leg of their playoff. "We lost it 15 years ago when thanks to incredible cashing in by those in the football world, Italy brought in flops from every area of the world to unfairly steal places from our lads...", Cannavaro wrote on Instagram.

"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level", said an emotional Buffon as he confirmed his retirement.

"Jaaaaaaaa! It will be the World Cup for Sweden in 2018 after two strong matches against Italy". "For those of us that are older, this is probably the last chance to play at a World Cup, so to succeed in these circumstances is an unbelievable joy". After the match, he said: "I have not resigned because I haven't spoken to the president yet". "It doesn't depend on me, I'm not in the state of mind to face this question". I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result.

"But what is sure is that the shock will be even worse for my father".

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

Giampiero Ventura, the Italy head coach, resigned after the final whistle but only after his decisions provoked a protest from one of the Azzurri's most-experienced worldwide players.

Ibrahimovic, 36, retired from worldwide football after Euro 2016 and coach Janne Andersson was annoyed to be asked about whether the striker might return for the finals in Russian Federation immediately after the play-off win.

Ventura had made changes from Friday's defeat with Brazil-born Jorginho making his Italy debut and Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini also handed starts, although Napoli's in-form winger Lorenzo Insigne was again left on the bench.

With Italy searching for a vital goal, television cameras captured a member of Ventura's backroom staff telling De Rossi to warm up. "We just had to sit there and hope we could hang on". "I pointed to Insigne too".

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

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