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Germany boss Joachim Low ‘sad’ at Italy World Cup failure

Germany boss Joachim Low says there will be 'something missing' from World Cup after Italy's failure to qualify as he praises Daniele De Rossi for refusing to come off the bench

  • Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958
  • They could only draw 0-0 with Sweden on Monday, losing 1-0 on aggregate
  • Germany boss Joachim Low believes the tournament is lessened without them
  • Low also praised Daniele De Rossi for refusing to come off the bench
  • De Rossi argued with his coach and insisted he bring on a striker instead

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 07:26 GMT, 15 November 2017 | Updated: 07:26 GMT, 15 November 2017

Germany manager Joachim Low is saddened by Italy's failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup, saying there will be 'something missing' in their absence.

Low also praised Italy player Daniele De Rossi, who refused to come off the bench during their goalless draw against Sweden on Monday night because he believed they needed another striker on the pitch.

Italy drew 0-0 with Sweden at the San Siro in Milan, meaning they failed to qualify after losing the first leg 1-0 in Stockholm. It is the first time since 1958 Italy have failed to reach the World Cup.

Germany manager Joachim Low admitted he was saddened Italy hand't made the World Cup

Germany manager Joachim Low admitted he was saddened Italy hand't made the World Cup

Low shakes hands with Mesut Ozil at the end of Germany's 2-2 draw with France on Tuesday

Low shakes hands with Mesut Ozil at the end of Germany's 2-2 draw with France on Tuesday

Dejected Italy players at the end of their goalless draw with Sweden which ended their hopes

Dejected Italy players at the end of their goalless draw with Sweden which ended their hopes

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Low, speaking after Germany drew 2-2 with France in their latest friendly on Tuesday night, believes the failure of Italy – and Chile – to make it lessens the tournament.

He said: 'We can't influence the draw, everything can happen. In Italy's case, I congratulate the Swedes. I saw the game, they defended well and gave everything.

'But I think it's sad for Italy, because for such a big tournament [it's a shame]. If Germany or France or even Brazil or Argentina [failed to qualify], for me there is something missing without the Italian team.

'It's also sad that Chile didn't qualify, they didn't manage it. For Italy though, it is kind of a chance for a new beginning. Some of their players are ending their career.

Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was reduced to tears after their failure

Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was reduced to tears after their failure

It is the first time since 1958 that Italy have failed to qualify for a World Cup finals

It is the first time since 1958 that Italy have failed to qualify for a World Cup finals

'I have the biggest respect for those players, that played not only for Juventus, but also those that played in the national team.

'Gianluigi Buffon – biggest respect. [Leonardo] Bonucci or also [Daniele] De Rossi or the others. That's pure class.'

His comments about De Rossi were especially interesting given the Roma midfielder argued with Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura when asked to come on as a substitute.

Italy's disastrous World Cup qualifying defeat took a sour turn on the substitutes bench

Italy's disastrous World Cup qualifying defeat took a sour turn on the substitutes bench

Daniele De Rossi was caught on camera complaining to members of the Italy backroom staff

Daniele De Rossi was caught on camera complaining to members of the Italy backroom staff

De Rossi told Ventura's assistant: 'Why the hell should I go on?' And pointed to Lorenzo Insigne

De Rossi told Ventura's assistant: 'Why the hell should I go on?' And pointed to Lorenzo Insigne

De Rossi believed that an additional striker would better suit Italy given they desperately needed a goal.

Low said: 'I read yesterday that De Rossi said he wouldn't want to be subbed in, because they needed a striker. For me that is greatness.

'So I think it's a little sad for Italy. I would've been happy if the Italians were part of [the World Cup].'

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