Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini will retire from international football after the European champions play a friendly against South American rivals Argentina at Wembley in June.
Italy’s failure to attend this year’s World Cup in Qatar seems to have hastened the 37-year-old Juventus defender’s decision to face Argentina in London, where the Azzurri won the European Championship last July, to be his last match.
“I’m going to say goodbye to the national team at Wembley, that’s where I spent the peak of my career winning the Euros,” Chiellini told DAZN after Juve’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo in Serie A on Monday.
“I want to say goodbye to the Azzurri with a good memory. It will certainly be my last game against Italy.”
With 116 appearances for the national team, Chiellini is fifth in the all-time Italy standings alongside Andrea Pirlo, just ahead of Daniele De Rossi, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.
However, the veteran centre-back, who came on for Juventus on Monday, is yet to decide whether to extend his club career beyond this season.
“My love affair with Juventus has no end, it will never end,” he added. “Of course, between now and the end of the season I have to evaluate everything, talk to my family about what is best.
“First, let’s get fourth (in Serie A) and win the Coppa Italia, then we’ll sit down with my two families – at home and Juventus – to figure out what’s best for everyone. .
“Last summer too, I took my time and didn’t sign a new contract until after the Euro. At my age you can’t look too far into the long term, but that’s natural, all is well. .”
Juve are in 4th place, 8 points more than the 5th ranked team AS Roma, with 4 remaining matches in the race for a place in the Champions League. They face Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia final on May 11.