Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has retired from the international football.
“I’m not going to play for the national side anymore. My adventure in blue finishes here,” Nesta told a news conference on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Nesta has 78 Italy caps and played in three World Cups.
Although he was a member of Italy’s World Cup winning squad last year, he was forced to miss much of the tournament including the final victory over France, because of a groin injury.
“I am very sorry. I have always treasured the national shirt and the atmosphere of the national side a lot,” Nesta added. “To play in blue has been one of the most beautiful things in my life. But I can’t do it anymore.”
News of Nesta’s international retirement comes just a fortnight after Frencesco Totti confirmed that he would not longer represent Italy.
Totti, 30, had asked to take an extended break from the Azzurri following the World Cup, cited worries about his health for the decision.