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Soccer: Buffon says will never quit Italy

Juve keeper will never have 'enough' of national team

Soccer: Buffon says will never quit Italy

Florence, September 4 - Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon said Wednesday that he had no intention of retiring from international football after next year's World Cup, stressing he would always be available for the national team. "Representing my country, my nation, is something I refuse to do without. It's something very few people have the fortune to be able to do," Buffon, who is two matches from equalling Fabio Cannavaro's record of 136 Italy caps, told reporters on Wednesday. "That's why it'll never be me who is the one who says 'enough'. It would be a sort of desertion," he added at Italy's training camp near Florence ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic on Friday and Tuesday respectively. "If one day they decide not to call me up any more, or they put me on the bench for the good of the national team, there won't be any problems. "I remain ready for orders...only when they tell me to stand aside will I acknowledge this and say goodbye". Buffon has been considered the world's top keeper for much of his career, although there have been suggestions he is past his best after some poor performances recently.

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