Buffon won’t reject Italy recall

Despite retiring from international football, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he wouldn’t turn down the chance to feature for Italy again.

Now 39, the World Cup winner called it a day when the Azzurri failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup after a narrow play-off defeat to Sweden.

With 175 caps to his name, Buffon had decided to pass the torch to the next generation but has now suggested otherwise.

"I took a break from the national team, but I could never desert a possible call in the future if needed," Buffon told reporters.

"I'm of a certain age, so it's right for me to take a pause. With the way I am though, if there were a total absence of goalkeepers and they asked me to come back, I'd be there even at 60."

AC Milan youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma is widely expected to take Buffon’s place in the team, while Genoa keeper Mattia Perin, 25, is also waiting in the wings.