Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini will retire from international football in June – the last match will be at Wembley against Lionel Messi’s Argentina after the failure of the 2022 World Cup


Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini will retire from international football in June, with his last match scheduled at Wembley.

The Azzurri’s failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar likely played a big part in the 37-year-old Juventus defender’s decision.

Chiellini will go down as one of his country’s greatest players
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Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini will retire from international football in June - the last match will be at Wembley against Lionel Messi's Argentina after the failure of the 2022 World Cup
But their World Cup qualifying elimination against North Macedonia meant he ended his illustrious international career.
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And his final cap for his country will be their Finalissima clash against Argentina in London in June as the European champions take on the Copa America winners.

After 116 games for his country, his final outing will come against Lionel Messi and co at the same venue where he led the Italians to European Championship success against England last July.

“I will say goodbye to the national team at Wembley, where I had the pinnacle of my career winning the Euros,” Chiellini told DAZN after Juventus’ 2-1 win at Sassuolo in Serie A Monday.

“I would like to say goodbye to the Azzurri with a beautiful memory. It will certainly be my last game with Italy.

Chiellini is fifth in the Italian all-time charts alongside Andrea Pirlo, with only Daniele De Rossi, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon ahead of him.

The fierce defender also played the first official game at the new Wembley Stadium as the Italy Under-21s drew 3-3 with England.


Italian legend Giorgio Chiellini will retire from international football in June - the last match will be at Wembley against Lionel Messi's Argentina after the failure of the 2022 World Cup
The defender has certainly been involved in some memorable moments while playing for Italy…
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The veteran central defender, who replaced his club on Monday, however, has not decided to extend his club career beyond this season.

“My love affair with Juventus does not end, it will never end,” he added. “Of course, by the end of the season, I have to assess everything, talk to my family about what is best.

“Let’s first get to fourth place (in Serie A) and win the Coppa Italia, then we’ll sit down with my two families – at home and at Juventus – to figure out what’s best for everyone.

“It was the same last summer, I took time and only signed the new contract after the Euros. At my age, you can’t really project yourself into the long term, but that’s normal, everything is fine.

Juve are fourth, eight points ahead of fifth-placed AS Roma with four games to go in the race for a Champions League place. They will face Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia final on May 11.

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