Italy goalkeeper icon Gianluigi Buffon of record champions Juventus Turin will celebrate a short-term comeback in the Italian national football team.
“Out of a sense of responsibility and love for the national team, I like to return to my contribution in this transitional phase,” said the 40-year-old as a guest on the TV show “Tiki Taka” broadcast by the media group “Mediaset” on Monday evening.
After leaving the Azzurri in the World Cup qualifiers last November, the captain had announced his departure from the Squadra Azzurra. But after an appeal of the interim coach of the national team, Luigi Di Biagio, the veteran wants to be back in two internationals in March.
“Experienced players can be useful at first”
“If the national team needs me, you have to be prepared, it’s a form of loyalty and responsibility to Italy, a new national team is born, and the first internationals against Argentina and England are not that easy, some experienced players may be useful at first,” said the Juve ace.
The match between the Italians and Argentina in Manchester will take place on March 23, and the Azzurri will face England on March 27 in London.
End of career for now no topic
From June he will then decide on his future. “Now I just want to focus on the end of the season and I’ll make my decision in the right moment in line with Juventus,” said Buffon, teammate of World Champions Sami Khedira and Benedikt Höwedes at Juve.
Di Biagio had stated on Monday that he had asked Buffon to play another two or three games with the Italian selection. Also, defender Giorgio Chiellini is ready for action again. “I want to create a real mix of experienced players and young talents, and in the current phase, Italy needs more a person picking the right players than a coach,” Di Biagio said.