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Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon says "we made a bad impression" as Azzurri return home

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon talks to reporters upon his arrival with his teammates at Malpensa airport after landing from Brazil, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Italy was disqualified from the World Cup after loosing to Uruguay in their group stage round.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon talks to reporters upon his arrival with his teammates at Malpensa airport after landing from Brazil, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Italy was disqualified from the World Cup after loosing to Uruguay in their group stage round. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted the Azzurri "made a bad impression" at the World Cup as the players returned home.

Buffon and a number of other players as well as resigned coach Cesare Prandelli and other staff landed at Milan's Malpensa airport following Italy's group stage exit from the World Cup.

Only a handful of fans were present to greet the players. The charter plane continued to Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Balotelli, who came in for much criticism for his performances in Brazil, got off the plane sporting a newly-blonde crest in his hair.

Italy lost to Costa Rica and Uruguay, after winning its opening game 2-1 against England.