THREE key Italy stars are reportedly set to retire from international duty after missing out on Qatar 2022.
Chelsea star Jorginho is set to retire from Italy duty after missing out on the 2022 World CupCredit: Getty
Italy pals Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile are also set to hang up their bootsCredit: Getty
The trio have departed Roberto Mancini’s camp ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Turkey.
And reports claim it’s a sign the Euro 2020 winners will make way for a new generation of Italian talent – despite Mancini remaining at the helm.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, 30, has been capped 43 times for his country.
The playmaker missed a late penalty against Switzerland in qualifying which would have sent Italy to Qatar.
And Jorginho’s international retirement will allow Juventus’ Manuel Locatelli and AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali to battle for Italy’s anchorman role.
Meanwhile, Napoli winger Insigne, 30, may have been unlikely to add to his 54 caps anyway, having agreed a summer move to MLS side Toronto.
And speedy prospects including Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo will now stand a better chance of making Mancini’s new-look XI.
Finally, Lazio striker Immobile, 32, has long been seen as the weak point in Italy’s possession-based 4-3-3.
He only has 15 goals in 55 caps for his country, and Italy have plenty of other attacking prospects such as Sassuolo’s Giacomo Raspadori.
Jorginho, Insigne and Immobile may only be the first group of Italians to call it a day, with the likes of Giorgino Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Francesco Acerbi boasting a combined age of 105.
But Italy’s failure to qualify for a second successive World Cup is set to rest most heavily on Jorginho.
Reflecting on the missed penalty against Switzerland which would have sealed automatic qualification, Jorginho said: “It hurts when I think about it, because I do still think about it and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.
“Stepping up there twice and not being able to help your team and your country is something that I will carry with me forever, and it weighs on me.”