Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced his retirement from international football in a tearful interview after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup on Monday night.
The four-time winners will be absent from the finals for the first time since 1958 after a second-leg goalless draw with Sweden saw the Scandinavians clinch a 1-0 aggregate victory in the countries' qualification play-off tie.
Speaking post-match, Buffon - who won 175 caps and was part of the team that lifted the 2006 World Cup - said he was sorry "for all of Italian football".
Regret: "I'm not sorry for myself but for all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level."
Failure to find the net: "We knew it would be a difficult game. We lacked the clarity in attack to be able to score goals. When things don't turn out well, it means there are things you've done wrong."
International retirement: "We have [Gianluigi] Donnarumma, Matia Perrin and other top goalkeepers. I'm sorry that my last official game for Italy is this failure to qualify."
Italy coach Gian Pero Ventura: "He bears the same amount of responsibility as we all do for not qualifying for the World Cup. We're all responsible. We win together and we lose together."
Goodbye: "A big hug for everyone, particularly those who have shared this wonderful journey with me."