As soon as I posted my last article regarding Italy’s ageless wonders, reports of Gianluigi Buffon came out that he will not start against England, today. After learning of an ankle injury during training, Buffon will sit out during the first game and could hamper his play throughout the tournament. There is no definitive measure on how serious the injury is, but for a goalkeeper, an ankle injury is a kiss of death.
However, Italian fans should not be worrisome. The net will be in good hands as Salvatore Sirigu is no slouch when it comes to net-minding. The Paris Saint-Germain keeper will make the start over the long-tenured Buffon. For Italy, this will only be his ninth appearance in net, which could cause some doubts amongst supporters.
For some, this might be a blessing in disguise because everyone knows this might be Buffon’s last World Cup and at some point, he will have to turn over the reins to a worthy understudy. Sirigu has more than big shoes to fill, but I think he will live up to those expectations. This will be a great opportunity for Sirigu, competing on the national stage against a worthy adversary. What more could you ask for?
Despite a new goalkeeper, I do not see the result changing in any way. I still believe that the midfield combination and strong defense with Giorgio Chiellini will propel the Italian squad to a win over an England squad who has not performed well on the international stage.
Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for RantSports.com, Follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby