Totti restricted by injury
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Francesco Totti has emphasised that he retired from Italy to ease his injury worries.
Francesco Totti has emphasised that the only reason he retired from international football was to ease his injury worries.
The Roma captain decided he could no longer play for Italy after the World Cup triumph last summer as an ankle injury left him in need of rest after games.
"My conscience is okay," he told Sky Italia. "I've always spoken with the coach and with the national team's officials.
"I've explained the reason and everybody knows it: with eleven screws in your ankle, it's not easy playing.
"When you play many matches, you need a rest. I had to quit something and I quit the national team, even though Italy are important for me - really important.
"But at this time, I can't abandon Roma, so I chose to concentrate on them."
Meanwhile, Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has told Totti that he will continue as the club's penalty taker despite failing to score from the spot six times already this year.
"Next time we have a penalty, Totti will have another go at scoring," he told Roma Channel.
"I will impose this. And if it is a decisive penalty, you will see, he will score it."