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The Azzurri skipper is extremely disappointed to be heading home.

Italy are out of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as a result of their 3-0 disaster against Brazil, in their third and final group game.

Three goals by the Brazilians in a seven minute period was all it took, allowing them to progress to the final four of the competition, where they will meet the hosts South Africa for a place in the final against either Spain or the United States.

At the completion of the match tonight, the Italian captain, Fabio Cannavaro, stressed how disappointed he was with the performance of his players, whilst also remaining positive about the 2010 World Cup.

“We are very disappointed to be returning home with just one win and two defeats. This hurts quite a lot,” Cannavaro stated in an interview with Rai.

“We came here to South Africa to try some new things, and to give players some much needed experience.

“It didn’t work in our favour, but it is just the Confederations Cup. We should not lose sight of our overall objective, which is to qualify for the World Cup.

“Brazil are a very strong side that are finding new players by the day. Having said this though, we have to just focus on ourselves and the players we have got, in order to improve.”

The recently signed Juventus man was finally asked about the criticism surrounding Marcello Lippi’s selection policy, in regards to the lack of youth in the squad.

“We will see what happens next season. It is hard to say who Lippi will pick for the World Cup, but we must give him time to watch everyone play and then make his choices.”

Adrian Del Monte,