Totti calls time on Azzurri
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Italian forward Francesco Totti has called time on his international career.Italian forward Francesco Totti has called time on his illustrious international career.
Totti, who won 58 caps for his country scoring nine times, helped the Azzurri win last summer's World Cup.
His last appearance came against France in Germany as Italy secured a famous 5-3 penalty shoot-out win over Les Bleus.
After taking some time deciding whether he would continue playing at international level, Totti has opted to concentrate on Roma.
The 30-year-old playmaker has conceded his left ankle cannot support playing club and international football."The word finished is ugly but I have taken this decision to end the chapter with the national team for various physical reasons and not technical," he explained.
"I have weighed up for a year after the World Cup what to do and I have decided to finish with the national team in order not to create problems for the Azzurri staff.
"I am sorry, but health is the most important thing."