Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Italy can win their second World Cup in eight years following the Azzurri‘s last win back in 2006, and has the Juventus keeper hungry to do it all over again.
“It would be nice to win another World Cup,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “We do have the potential to do it, although clearly other nations have an even better chance.
“I would never give up on the Nazionale. I don’t see why I should, unless it is a decision by the coach that I would accept without problems. I haven’t the courage to give up and it’d be a shame to do so if I was still competitive.”
Buffon is just one cap behind the current record holder Fabio Cannavaro, and can join him as the Italians most capped player when the Czech Republic visits Turin on Tuesday night.
The 35-year-old has said that catching up with his former teammate would be the highlight of his career.
He added: “Catching Cannavaro’s record means a lot of time has passed, as I’ve been in the national team for 16 years, or 20 if you count the youth levels.
“I always tried to raise our tricolore flag as high as possible and I still want to win something.”
Victory on Tuesday would also secure Italy’s place in Brazil next year where they will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy.