Former Juventus transfer chief Luciano Moggi has blamed clubs packed with foreign players, most notably Inter, for Italy's downfall at the World Cup.
Moggi argues that a lack of young Italian players in teams such as Inter, who fielded no homegrown men in the Champions League final apart from 92nd minute substitute Marco Materazzi, are to blame for the Azzurri's failure.
And he has launched a stinging attack following the shambles that rocked the 2006 champions.
"First I would like to say we wanted to avoid Holland in the last 16 and we did," he told Il Sussidiario.net.
"I expected this World Cup, and everything in general has been low key.
"Italy are going through a change of generation, but they do not have the same quality.
"And unfortunately it is hard to find the quality if clubs do not invest in young players.
"In the 2006 final, Juventus had nine players on the pitch between Italy and France.
"There were French players and Italian players because Juventus always looked at homegrown talents.
"Today though, Inter, who win everything with their team, have a starting XI of foreigners... and these are the results."
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