Italy’s aged craftsmen show art of defence | Chris Hewett

LEAVING to one side the more reprehensible followers of Ing-er-land’s footballing fortunes – but for the danger of offending countless colonies of great crested newts, your columnist would happily describe them as “pond life” – much of the post-Euros talk has concerned Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, the two senior citizens at the heart of the Italian defence.
What an extraordinary pair of sporting craftsmen they turned out to be: worthy successors to Maldini, Baresi and Facchetti, not to mention generations of non-Azzurri greats from Beckenbauer and Krol to Olsen and Puyol.
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