Italy’s goalkeeping stalwart Gianlugi Buffon has been ruled out of the Azurri’s opening clash against England.
Buffon, 36, reportedly sprained his left ankle in training, ruling him out of the match.
However, Buffon was quick to send his well wishes to likely replacement Salvatore Sirigu.
Buffon posted on his WhoSay account: “Life is beautiful and I am still indebted to her… It won’t be a missed game or another World Cup missed out on to make me change my mind!!!
“Besides, there are many ways to be important, even if you’re not a protagonist on the field… therefore… forza great Salvatore (Sirigu)… forza magical lads… FORZA ITALIA, my great love!!”