Call us old romantics but watching the Italian shot-stopper end his career by lifting the World Cup would be a wonderful moment for a much-loved man. The Azzurri superstar is a hero for many and would be playing at a record sixth World Cup if he did reach the tournament in Russia. His saves for his nation, along with Parma and Juvenus, will go down in history, and we’d love him to nab a second winners’ medal in Moscow. Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli could also win it for a second time – and who could argue against their claims?
Monday, November 13, 2017
You can listen to Italy v Sweden in the World Cup play-off second leg live on talkSPORT2, on Monday, November 13 from 19:45.
It’s make or break for the Azzurri tonight as they go into the pivotal qualifier 1-0 down against the Swedes.
Jakob Johansson’s second half strike was enough to give their opponents a win at the Friends Arena in Stockholm and they will be defending their lead for their lives as qualification creeps tantalisingly closer at the San Siro.
It promises to be a superb match and there will be plenty of neutrals supporting a star-filled Italy squad, hoping they don’t fail to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
But why do we want Italy to qualify? Click the right arrow above to find out…