Mason Mount sends heartfelt message to Chelsea teammate Jorginho after Italy disappointment


Mason Mount has sent a heartfelt message to Chelsea teammate Jorginho after the midfielder saw his national side Italy knocked out of World Cup qualification against North Macedonia. It means that despite being crowned European Champions last summer, the Azzurri will not be at the World Cup later this year, the second time in a row that they’ve missed out.

It comes after a disappointing campaign for Italy in the qualifiers, finishing second in their group behind Switzerland. While they never lost a game in their group, they drew four out of eight and had to settle for a playoff route.

It seemed as though the side were set to face Portugal in the final of the playoffs, but minnows North Macedonia caused an upset to remember with a 91st minute strike to win the game 1-0. It brought about a new low after a summer of highs for the nation.

Jorginho in particular has found it a tough one to take as he missed two crucial penalties against Switzerland in the group that could have seen them finish top instead, avoiding the whole playoff route altogether. Discussing the moment, he told RAI Sport: “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.”