Cassano scored a brace in victory over Northern Ireland.
āIāve been a clown since birth, Iām not capable of being serious! This morning I told Gigi Buffon Iām one of the oldest in the side, but only have 25 caps.
āI keep coming in and out, but in three or four years Iāll stop with the Nazionale. I think Iāll play football for only that time, have a good Euros and a good World Cup, then at the age of 33 call it a day so I can enjoy my family.
āI want to be gone when Iām in good shape, not when Iām struggling. Will that be it for me and football? Of course, playing is the only thing I know how to do! I canāt talk, I canāt do anything.
āFor years I have been stressed out, as all I have to do is scratch my nose and I get turned into a problem. Football has been the most wonderful thing in the world for me, but I am a little tired, so Iāll give another three and a half years, then thatāll do.ā
When told he hadnāt won much in his career, Cassano took responsibility for his many mistakes.
āSport gives you back what you put into it. I didnāt put enough in, so I didnāt get much out. If Buffon won 10 times as much as me, itās because he was the absolute number one in his role. I was one of many.
āNext year Iāll be 30. I would like another three years at the top and then thatās it. Things are becoming routine for me and Iām no good with that kind of situation.ā