Totti: ‘Tommasi for the FIGC’

Roma legend Francesco Totti “took it very badly” when Italy were eliminated from the World Cup, and wants Damiano Tommasi as head of the FIGC.

The Azzurri were eliminated by Sweden in the play-offs, prompting the sacking of CT Giampiero Ventura and the eventual resignation of FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio.

“I took the elimination of Italy very badly,” Totti admitted, speaking to Corriere della Sera.

“Like all Italians I didn’t think we’d fail to reach the World Cup in Russia. Unfortunately it happened and it shocked the whole football world, not just Italy.

“Seeing a World Cup without Italy will be very strange.

“There are a lot of names being mentioned at the moment, but I’d like to see Tommasi take over everything.

“I’m not just saying that because he’s my friend, but he’s a young, positive and transparent figure. He knows Italian football and a lot of people, he can take Italian football in his hands.”

Totti retired at the end of last season, and he was asked how he’s dealing with no longer being a player.

“I’m in the dressing room quite often, almost every morning or afternoon during the training sessions. I’m close to the players and the Coach, so it’s the same sensation, I just don’t get stripped.”

Er Pupone then revealed one regret from his playing career.

“I’ve always said it and I repeat it, the one regret of my career is that I didn’t get to play with Ronaldo.

“It would have been my dream but also his. He scored a lot of goals, but with me behind him he could have got even more.”

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