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Buffon returns for Italy - FCNaija

International Edition By: Ayodeji Tunde | 27/02/2018

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Italy great Gianluigi Buffon is set to come out of retirement as the Azurri get set for a double-header in March against Argentina and England.

The 40-year old had announced his international retirement after Italy shockingly failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russia; losing in the play-off defeat to Sweden in November.

Italy caretaker head coach Luigi Biagio said he expected the country's record caps-holder Buffon to return next month when the Azzurri face Argentina in Manchester on March 23 before taking on England at Wembley four days later.

And Buffon confirmed his plans to help the national team, who failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

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 "I feel a sense of responsibility at this time of transition for our national team," Buffon told 'Tiki Taka' on Italia 1.

 "There will be two important friendly matches, I thought about going on holiday with my family, but if the national team needs me I have to answer that I am ready and I cannot desert.

"I do this for loyalty and responsibility, without thinking about what will be my future.

"The players who have experience at the moment could be useful against Argentina and England."


Buffon has made 13 Serie A appearances for reigning champions Juve this season and 20 across all competitions.