Published:November 15, 2017 7:43 pm
The Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup means that a good portion of the squad’s players will not have appeared in football’s premier tournament by the time they approach their 30s.
Winger Alessandro Florenzi will be 31 by the time the next World Cup rolls around. Center forward Andrea Belotti will be 28, as will playmaker Federico Bernardeschi and striker Domenico Berardi.
Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli the next instalment of Italy’s vaunted centre-backs will also be approaching their late 20s. The 2022 tournament in Qatar will be held in late November and December, meaning it’s more than five full years away.
If current form is anything to go by, it’s no certainty that Italy will qualify. The four-time champion failed to…