The international career of Milan defender Alessandro Nesta may be over, according to Italy coach Roberto Donadoni.
Nesta was not included in Donadoni’s squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Lithuania after asking to be left out as he is getting married.
However, the coach said his absence may now become permanent.
“I hope it was just an off-the-cuff remark or at least I try to be optimistic as it seemed his choice was definite,” Donadoni told reporters.
Nesta missed out on playing in Italy’s World Cup final win over France last July through injury and other injuries have meant he has only featured once since in the 3-1 victory in Georgia last October.
Nesta joins Francesco Totti in walking away from the national team.
Roma striker Totti has not played for Italy since the World Cup.
“Everyone is free to choose what they think is right. I do not interpret it as a refusal to play for the world champions, more a decision about their current condition,” Donadoni added.
“Whoever joins up must be fit, but also must be committed and motivated. I have talked with Totti and Nesta, accepting the justifications they have given me. Have I tried to convince them? I have done what was right but there is a limit.
“I repeat, for my point of view there is no problem.”