Italy fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup

The four-time World Cup winners Italy have failed to qualify for the 2018 football showdown to be held in Russia.

With many stalwarts on the Italian side, they could only manage a 0-0 draw against a less known Swedish side on Monday. Italy, a football-crazy country, has taken part in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the sport’s most prestigious event in 1958.

The last major competitions it missed were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.

Italian goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon announced his retirement from international football after the match.

(Agencies)

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