December 3, 2022

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Giorgio Chiellini to retire from international football after Finalissima

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The Italy captain announced that June’s Finalissima encounter with Argentina at Wembley will be his last game for the Azzurri, a year on from success at Euro 2020.

The 37-year-old was one of the key figures of the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 victory, captaining his country to a dramatic win over England at the iconic stadium where he will lead out his countrymen on 1 June.

The veteran centre-back oversaw a second successive failure by the national team to qualify for the World Cup earlier this year, ensuring their absence at Qatar 2022.

“I’ll say goodbye to the national team at Wembley, where I reached the highest point of my career by winning the Euro,” he told DAZN after Juventus’ 2-1 Serie A win at Sassuolo on Monday night.

“I’d like to say goodbye to the Azzurri with a nice memory. It will definitely be my last game for Italy.”

Chiellini, who has been capped 116 times, was hoping to take part in one more World Cup before saying ‘ciao’ to fans, but Italy missed out on the 2022 tournament in Qatar, hastening the centre-back’s departure from the international game.

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