Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo is considering retiring from international football after the World Cup in Brazil.
After 12 glorious years in national colours, Andrea Pirlo is considering to retire from International football. From winning the U-21 European championship to lifting the World Cup in 2006, Andrea Pirlo has had a career to cherish. Even at the age of 35, the former AC Milan midfielder heads into the World Cup as one of the most important member of the Cesare Prandelli’s squad. But Pirlo feels this is the right time to hand up his boots and allow the younger generation to move up the ranks.
“As I already said, I am still thinking of retiring after this World Cup, as I have a certain age and it’s only right to leave the field to the next generation coming through. It would be pointless to continue.” – Andrea Pirlo said.
But the Juventus midfielder has refused to rule out a possible return in the future, if he is needed by the national team.
“If I am needed, then there’s no problem in coming back.
“If I come on international duty and don’t play, then I’d get angry! It’s perhaps better I stay home…” – He added.
Pirlo is also confident about his team’s chances to repeat the 2006 feat at Brazil and believes that the squad has what it takes to go the distance.
“Can Italy win the World Cup? Of course. When I play, it is solely to win. I am never just content with getting through the round. We have a competitive squad and will give our all to achieve this objective.
“We have what it takes to go far. The important thing is to believe, sacrifice ourselves, work hard and the results can arrive.” – He said in an interview.
Andrea Pirlo, who helped Juventus to another Serie A title last season, has also signed a contract extension to keep him at Turin for two more years. The midfielder’s future came under a lot of speculation at the end of the season, but Juventus have now officially confirmed the extension of his contract.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 11, 2014