Italy national football team and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon had said after the team failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia that he is ending his 175-cap career.(Getty Images)
Italy national football team and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon had said after the team failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia that he is ending his 175-cap career.(Getty Images)

Gianluigi Buffon open to Italy return, if called up by the national football team

If Italy football team come calling again then Gianluigi Buffon will be waiting to answer, despite having previously retired from international football
By OmniSport | OmniSport
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2017 12:15 PM IST

Gianluigi Buffon hinted that he would remain available to play for Italy, stating he could never reject a call from his country.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper said after Italy’s World Cup play-off final defeat to Sweden that his time with the international team was over after a 175-cap career.

Buffon was left in tears on the San Siro pitch after a 1-0 aggregate defeat meant the Azzurri would miss out on a spot at the global showpiece for the first time in 60 years.

However, the 39-year-old says he will always be available to answer his country’s call should it come.

“I took a break from the national team, but I could never desert a possible call in the future if needed,” he told reporters at the Gran Gala del Calcio.

“I’m of a certain age, so it’s right for me to take a pause.

“With the way I am though, if there were a total absence of goalkeepers and they asked me to come back, I’d be there even at 60.”

Buffon has previously said that this season will be his last unless Juventus win the UEFA Champions League, in which case he will stay on to play at the Club World Cup.

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