Will quit Azzurri after 2014 World Cup: Pirlo

May 04, 2013, 04:50 IST | AFP

Veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo has revealed his intention to quit international football after next year's World Cup.

“In 2014 I will finish with the national team. I think the World Cup will be my last outing in the blue shirt. The young players need to be given their chance,” said the Juventus midfielder, who was outstanding during Italy’s run to the Euro 2012 final.

Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo

“I will continue at club level for as long as I still have the passion and for as long as I feel important. Otherwise I would be the first person to retire,” added Pirlo, who was speaking at the presentation of his autobiography, Penso Quindi Gioco (I Think Therefore I Play).

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