Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as they were held 0-0 by Sweden at San Siro, losing the play-off 1-0 on aggregate.
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s decisive World Cup play-off with Sweden at San Siro.
Paolo Maldini admits he has “been tense for a week” ahead of the play-off against Sweden. “I can’t imagine a World Cup without Italy.”
Giampiero Ventura explained some of his Italy decisions for the World Cup play-off against Sweden. “The system is important, but not decisive.”
Jorginho gets his first competitive start for Italy with Manolo Gabbiadini and Alessandro Florenzi for the World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Giancarlo Antognoni feels “Italy are gambling with World Cup qualification, but also their reputation” against Sweden.
Ciccio Graziani “cannot understand” Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura’s picks against Sweden. “Just put every player in their own position.”
Italy are expected to start Jorginho, Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Eusebio Di Francesco hopes Italy will replicate the 1982 World Cup experience tonight against Sweden. “When nobody believes in the Nazionale…”
Paolo Maldini “daren’t imagine a World Cup without Italy, as we are vastly superior to Sweden,” but reveals he would love a Federation job.
Luigi Di Biagio suggests he would be interested in becoming Italy’s next Coach but insists “it’s not something to talk about right now.”
Mario Balotelli insists he ‘respects’ his absence from the Italy squad and tells Sweden rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic, “we’ll beat you!”
Juventus boss Max Allegri is reportedly in contention to replace Giampiero Ventura if Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup.
Jorginho’s agent claims his ‘fate’ was to play in the second leg of Italy’s World Cup playoff against Sweden on Monday.
Luca Toni feels Bayern Munich sacking Carlo Ancelotti was the right call but admits Italy “would be in a real mess if they didn’t qualify” for the World Cup.
Genoa boss Davide Ballardini reveals he has not talked to his Swedish wife since Italy’s 1-0 defeat on Friday.
Dino Zoff claims he finds talk of exaggerated criticism towards Giampiero Ventura ‘funny’. “If I remember what they said about poor Enzo Bearzot…”
Alessandro Del Piero is confident Italy have “no problems in attack” for Sweden on Monday, explaining Giampiero Ventura “has real options” at his disposal.
Gianluca Vialli insists Giampiero Ventura “knows what to do” against Sweden and that Italy “made them look better than they actually are.”
Alessandro Del Piero admits he ‘hopes’ former Juventus teammate Antonio Conte can return to Italy after his spell with Chelsea.
Italy striker-turned-rock musician Dani Osvaldo says “I like to drink whiskey, smoke a cigarette and do rock and roll, but only whenever I can.”
Italy are expected to give Jorginho and Manolo Gabbiadini rare competitive starts in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.
World Cup winner Marco Materazzi sent a message to the Italy squad ahead of their play-off with Sweden. “We are all playing tomorrow.”
Andrea Barzagli called for Italy and the fans to find “unity” ahead of the World Cup play-off against Sweden. “We all want to go to Russia.”
Sandro Poschesci, the Ternana Coach who went viral for his rant against Italy and Sweden, has apologised to Giampiero Ventura.