ROME: Francesco Totti has confirmed he is retiring permanently from Italy’s national team.

The 30-year-old AS Roma playmaker made the announcement during a news conference on Friday at the club’s training camp, a day after news reports said he was quitting the Azzurri for good.

“Quitting is an ugly word, but yes, I have taken this decision,” Totti said. “I’m closing with the national team for various physical reasons.” — AP

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