Buffon rallies Italy fans to avoid World Cup miss - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Linus Onyeze | 13/11/2017

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon rallied the Italian fans to band together and support the Italian national team as they face Sweden in the second leg World Cup qualifying playoff today.

The Italians were beaten 1-0 in the first leg, and risk missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 and Buffon wants the Italian public to forget their club allegiances and unite behind the national team to help avert World Cup disaster.

Buffon, who was a world champion with Italy in 2006 and is set to retire after next year's tournament in Russia, singled out AC Milan, Inter and Juventus fans as those who need to get behind the Italian team.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper wants Italy supporters to make the difference and cheer their side on to victory in Monday night's decider at the San Siro. The last World Cup Italy missed was held, coincidentally, in Sweden.

“It's a crucial game for us, for the whole country and for the whole history of our national team as well,” said Buffon.

“In my career, I already faced moments like this one, sometimes it went good, sometimes it went bad.

“But it won't change anything about my relationship with the Italian national team. There's no room left for words and wishes.

"It's time to get something on the pitch. I hope the supporters will help us, not having a too negative approach towards us from the beginning.

“I hope there won't be Juventus, Inter or AC Milan supporters, but just and only Italy supporters. I'd like to see those who attend take off their club colours.”