Italy’s Captain Giorgio Chiellini Announces Retirement From National Team

Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini. Photo by Richard Blaxall/Shutterstock

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has decided to say goodbye to the Italy national team this summer. Speaking with DAZN on Monday, Chiellini revealed that the friendly against Argentina in June would be his last game for Azzurri.

The Italy vs. Argentina friendly will be played in England at Wembley Stadium, which is part of the reason why Chiellini decided to make it his last international game. This was the place where the 37-year-old player captained Italy to the 2020 European Championship trophy.

“I’d like to say goodbye to the Azzurri with a nice memory,” Chiellini shared. “That will certainly be my last game with Italy.”

Chiellini already hinted at plans to say goodbye to the Italy national team in the past. However, he wanted to play at one more big tournament and believed he would get a chance to do so at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, Italy’s failure to qualify made him speed up his decision.

Giorgio Chiellini made his debut for Italy’s senior team in 2004 but wasn’t part of the squad that won the World Cup in 2006. He was later called up for EURO 2008, and a strong performance at the tournament helped him become a mainstay in the national team. Chiellini played a total of 116 games on the international stage and scored eight goals.

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