Andrea Pirlo looks set to retire from international football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Italian midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that he will retire from international football after the World Cup.
Pirlo, who helped Italy win the World Cup in 2006, also announced that he has extended his contract by two-years with his club side Juventus.
“I think I will stop after the World Cup,” the 35-year-old said.
“I’m not getting any younger and you have to allow younger players to come through. It would be useless to keep on going.”
However, Pirlo has refused to shut the door on the possibility on for Italy if he is needed by coach Cesare Prandelli.
“If I am needed, then there’s no problem in coming back,” he said.
“If I come on international duty and don’t play, then I’d get angry! So it’s best I stay home…”
Pirlo, capped 109 times by his country, remains one of Italy’s key players in the Azzurri’s quest for a fifth World Cup triumph.