February 17, 2020 Just another WordPress site

Buffon hits out at critics as veteran returns to international squad

Gianluigi Buffon has hit out at his critics as he arrived in England to add to his 175 record cap tally with Italy.

Buffon, 40, had previously announced his retirement from international football after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup last November but later reversed his decision, and was retained as captain by the caretaker coach Luigi Di Biagio who will lead the side out in friendlies against Argentina in Manchester on Friday and England at Wembley next Tuesday.

The Juventus keeper’s decision has attracted some criticism but the Juventus No 1 insists he is still the best man for the job, saying: “I’ve nothing to add to what has been said. Everyone knows the truth. My role in the squad has always been positive and I’ve always brought people together. I’ve always put us before me.”

“I’m not here to showcase, to show myself off. I can still be useful. I might be 40 but I’m the goalkeeper of Juventus. Italy is a funny country where people enjoy controversy but any controversy about me is just sensationalism. After a while all this controversy will just fall away.”

Buffon had also previously hinted that this season could be his last but he does not appear to have any retirement plans yet.

Speaking at a press conference at the Etihad Stadium, Buffon added: “I don’t know if my last match will be with Juventus or an international but it will be low key and sober, normal. I arrived at my first game on a scooter and the only car I have is the one that Juventus make available for me.”

Di Biagio, who has stepped up from duties with the Under-21 side, hopes the four friendlies in the remainder of the season can help Italy move on from their World Cup nightmare. Russia 2018 will be the first finals to take place without four-time world champions Italy for 60 years.

The games also provide a chance for Di Biagio to stake a claim for the job full-time but he insists that is not his focus. “Everything around the team has changed. We need a new start,” he said.

“We have a small world championship in these four matches. It is a chance to test new players. We need patience and consistency, regardless of who is going to be in the driving seat.”

in My Blog
Banner
Related Posts

Angel Di Maria fined after pleading guilty to tax fraud charge

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Angel Di Maria has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined €2 million after pleading guilty to two...

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would sign Tottenham’s £100m Harry Kane

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said that he would sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who he believes is worth at least £100m...

Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez will stay and “respect” that decision

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Alexis Sanchez will remain with the club in the upcoming Premier League season...

Liverpool defeats Stoke, sets up Wembley date

January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020

Liverpool will head for Wembley for the League Cup final as they held off Stoke City to progress through the...

Pistons take down Warriors even as Curry dazzles

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

The Golden State Warriors were defeated for the second time in three games as the Detroit Pistons routed them by...

Dele Alli brace secures first Spurs win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Dele Alli scored a braced for Tottenham Hotspurs to helped his team rally from a goal down and win at...

FA Cup scraps quarter-final replays

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

The Football Association (FA) had decided to scrap FA Cup replays for the quarter-finals starting next season as plans of...

Man United striker Romelu Lukaku expected to be fit for Chelsea game

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Romelu Lukaku had a scan on his injured ankle on Monday, with the hope being that the Manchester United striker...

Antonio Conte: VAR made ‘big mistake’ over Alvaro Morata dive call

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Antonio Conte said that the video assistant referee Mike Jones made “big, big mistake” after opting not to flag up...

Newton Leads Panthers Comeback in Dramatic Win

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Of all the sounds the Carolina Panthers heard Sunday, none was better than the silence that filled CenturyLink Field after...

Manchester City wins Premier League after Watford stuns Man United

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Manchester City has won the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion confirmed...

Williams gives away medal to young fan

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

One young rugby fan left Twickenham with the ultimate souvenir after Sonny Bill Williams handed him his winner’s medal. Williams...

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Scotland vs Samoa, Ireland vs France

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Scotland vs Samoa: Match not about me, Vern Cotter says Cotter does not believe that Saturday’s match is a defining...

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes denies confrontation with Lewandowski

January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020

Jupp Heynckes has dismissed reports that he was questioning Robert Lewandowski’s commitment to Bayern Munich and confirmed the striker as...

Arsene Wenger: ‘hurtful’ supporters damaged Arsenal’s image

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that supporters campaigning for the manager’s removal had created a “hurtful” atmosphere that was...