CHELSEA star Jorginho admits his ‘sorrow is bigger than you imagine’ after Italy’s latest World Cup disaster.
The Euro 2020 champs will not be playing at the Qatar tournament later this year after a shock play-off defeat to North Macedonia.
It means Italy have failed to reach two successive World Cups.
But Blues playmaker Jorginho has taken the brunt of the blame for two key penalty misses in qualifying.
Jorginho blazed efforts wide in both of Italy’s draws against Switzerland – who ended up topping their group to automatically qualify.
And the Champions League winner has now shared an emotional message revealing he is devastated with Italy’s latest setback.
Jorginho wrote on Instagram: “In life and football, you can win or lose.
“But there are defeats that are more painful than others. Believe me, my sorrow is bigger than you imagine.
“Football is not just a sport, it’s a school of incredible values. It teaches you to never give up, learn from mistakes, remain united in tough moments.
“To wear this jersey is a huge honour for me. We learn and get up. Let’s move on. Forza Azzurri, Forza Italia.”
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Reflecting on his missed penalties, Jorginho told RAI Sport: “We played good football, we won the European Championship last summer, but unfortunately in the last few games we made small errors and were unable to recover from them.
“They made the difference. It hurts when I think about it, because I do still think about it and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.
“Stepping up there twice and not being able to help your team and your country is something that I will carry with me forever, and it weighs on me.
“People say we need to lift our heads and carry on, but it’s tough.”