Roberto Mancini and tearful Jorginho react as Italy fail to qualify for the 2022 World Cup

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Roberto Mancini says it is excessively aboriginal to speech astir his aboriginal arsenic Italy manager aft the European champions failed to suffice for the World Cup, portion Jorginho was successful tears aft losing to North Macedonia.

Just 8 months aft winning Euro 2020, the Azzurri swapped jubilation for despair aft a 92nd-minute extremity from Aleksandar Trajkovski secured a 1-0 triumph for minnows North Macedonia successful Palermo connected Thursday night.

Incredibly, it is the 2nd consecutive World Cup Italy person failed to suffice for, portion they past played a knockout lucifer successful 2006 – erstwhile they won the tourney – and volition not play different until 2026 astatine the earliest.

Despite going 37 games unbeaten and winning the European Championship, nonaccomplishment to marque the World Cup has already prompted suggestions Mancini volition resign oregon beryllium sacked, but close present the 57-year-old is simply trying to digest a effect helium ne'er saw coming.

Asked if helium volition proceed successful his role, Mancini said: ‘We volition see. I deliberation everyone is excessively disappointed close present to speech astir the future.

‘Just arsenic the Euros was the astir fantastic acquisition of my life, this was the biggest disappointment. We tin accidental nothing, that is football, sometimes unthinkable things hap and it happened.

‘We shouldn’t person been present successful the archetypal place, but we did everything we could to triumph and it’s hard to adjacent speech about...

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