Rome is coming, you instructed us. It’s not, although, is it?
Italy didn’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup simply 257 days after breaking England’s hearts at Wembley.
The European champions had been crushed 1-0 by North Macedonia of their play-off conflict and can now play MISS their second consecutive World Cup.
Veteran centre-back Giorgio Chiellini walked off the pitch after Thursday’s shock defeat and complained that he felt ‘distressed’.
Jorginho mentioned the defeat “would haunt me forever” and that boss Roberto Mancini is now being sacked.
And for the England followers, it is so candy.
The courageous Three Lions had been crushed on penalties in final summer season’s European Championship ultimate at Wembley by the Italians.
We watched because the Azzurri paraded the trophy by means of the nationwide stadium and mercilessly mocked followers and gamers.
The Italy gamers chanted ‘It’s Coming Home’ and danced across the hallowed turf of Wembley in entrance of the heartbroken England stars earlier than taunting us with ‘It’s Coming ROMA’.
Leonardo Bonucci criticized teen Declan Rice after the West Ham ace claimed England had been “ten times more motivated” than Italy earlier than kick-off.
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The veteran defender positioned the trophy on his head in celebration, earlier than climbing into mattress with it alongside Chiellini.
The identical Chiellini who viciously knocked teenager Bukayo Saka to the bottom as he cleared aim with seconds left in 90 minutes.
Cynical. Disgusting. ‘Professional foul’, they referred to as it. Let’s name issues by his identify, he was dishonest.
But on Thursday evening, a smirk appeared on the faces of each England fan within the nation.
North Macedonia surprised Italy with an extra-time scream from Aleksandar Trajkovski to ebook their place within the play-off ultimate with Portugal.
That’s proper, they did not even attain the play-off ultimate…
After the sport, Chiellini claimed he was ‘distressed’, including dramatically: “There’s a big void inside us now.”
How do you assume all of us felt final summer season?
England haven’t received a serious trophy since 1966: 56 years of ache and counting.
But no less than we’re nonetheless qualifying for the World Cup. Since 1994, England had not missed out on the most important competitors in worldwide soccer.
Meanwhile, Italy have missed the final two, with their final World Cup match in opposition to England within the group stage in 2014.
His final match of the knockout stage? You have to return to the 2006 World Cup ultimate in Germany.
That was virtually 16 years in the past. 5,737 days to be actual.
But who’s counting…