Lazio fans showed their support for Ciro Immobile after reports he will retire from international duty, assuring they are his Italy.
The striker has been made the scapegoat by many in the media following the failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
His misses in the 1-0 play-off defeat to North Macedonia saw him bitterly criticised and there have been calls for Immobile to quit the Nazionale for good.
It’s time for Immobile to retire from international duty
Lazio supporters tried to reassure the centre-forward with a banner at the Stadio Olimpico during today’s Serie A match against Sassuolo.
‘Ciro, we are your Lazionale,’ read the message in the Curva Nord.
This was a pun combining Lazio with the Italian name for the national team, Nazionale.
Immobile is the all-time top scorer in the history of Lazio with 176 goals in 253 competitive games.
On the other hand, he has never been able to replicate that kind of form for Italy, managing 15 goals in 55 senior caps.
His last goal for the Azzurri was against Switzerland on June 16, 2021, during the EURO 2020 group phase.
“Ciro siamo noi la tua Lazionale” all’Olimpico #LazioSassuolo pic.twitter.com/GPsLGpObi3
— Giovanni Barsotti (@GioBarsotti) April 2, 2022
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