-Italy fail to qualify for Russia 2018 after 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden.
Italy to wait another four years for opportunity to contest in a World cup tournament.
Four time winners of the World cup tournament, Italy will for the first time since 1958, miss out on the opportunity to participate in a World cup tournament after failing to win their play-off game against Sweden.
The Azzurris played out a 0-0 draw with Sweden in a World Cup qualifying play-off second leg on Monday, after initially falling to a 1-0 defeat in Stockholm in the first leg on Friday.
The result means Sweden will be flying to Russia 2018 at the expense of Italy who will have to wait another four years before getting another opportunity.
The Italian national team previously won the World cup trophy in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, but fell short of qualification for the Russia 2018 tournament.
Meanwhile, the experienced trio of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi have announced their retirement from international duties following the failure of the Italian national team to qualify for World cup tournament scheduled to hold in Russia next year.