Francesco Totti has admitted that he expects to retire from international football after this summer’s World Cup finals in Germany.
The Roma captain is currently recovering from a broken ankle and expects to be fit in time for the tournament and, although he is only 29, he says Germany 2006 will be his last tournament for Italy.
“I really want to be a part of the World Cup because it will be my last competition with the national jersey,” he declared.
Totti’s last World Cup performance was marred by his dismissal during Italy’s second round defeat at the hands of co-hosts South Korea.
Two years ago, he again endured a miserable tournament, receiving a four-match ban at Euro 2004 for spitting at Denmark’s Christian Poulsen.
The last World Cup and European Championship didn’t go as I had planned, but I will be in Germany and I’ll make up for them.”
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