Buffon: A great achievement to become Italy cap record holder
The Italian No. 1, if he does get named in the starting eleven against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, will equal with former Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro with most appearances for the Italian national team.
“If all goes well, it would be a great achievement,” he stated. “However, it was predictable in a way given that I started with the national team at such a young age.
“It will certainly be nice though, satisfying, because I have been in the national side for 16 beautiful years – in the squad since 1997 and a first choice since 1998.
“Saying that, I’ve also had my injuries which raised doubts which I have been able to overcome.”
“There is a sense of honour when you represent your country,” said the custodian who has conceded 109 goals while wearing the Azzurri gloves.
“You understand that with time, with maturity. Every appearance with the national side is not just a game, but something more.”
There have been a few instances over the last month for the 35 year-old as errors in his game are starting to creep up on him. There are also questions surrounding his endurance and how much longer he can represent his country as the number one choice between the sticks.
“There would be no problem if I wasn’t called up or if I was benched,” he continued. “The most important aspect is the team.
“I personally would not turn down a call up. It would be like spitting in the face of good fortune, something that so many people want but only a few have the chance to experience.”
Buffon was also asked the question as to the reaction and opinion about Italy boss Cesare Prandelli who will not be at the healm of the Azzurri after the World Cup in Rio 2014.
“It’s not a problem because, like at a club, professional relationships can come to an end. It seems that we are all being gripped by an untimely anxiety,” he added.
“With all due respect, we have a World Cup to think about. Our attention needs to be towards that.
“Could Antonio Conte take over? Conte hasn’t said that he is leaving Juventus.
“I didn’t think there could be candidates for the job already, even if it is normal that a coach at a certain level would aspire to such a job.
“A lot of people would make themselves available for the job and I think a new coach could be found as quickly as four or five days after the World Cup is over.”
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