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Pirlo set to end Italy career

12 June 2014, 14:07

Sao Paulo - Italy international Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that he will retire from international football at the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 35-year-old penned a new two-year deal with Juventus earlier this week, and is opting to focus his efforts exclusively on his club football.

The Italians kick off their World Cup campaign against England on Saturday evening and Pirlo is planning on going all the way to the final.

"When I play football, I always aim to go all the way," Pirlo told the assembled press. "I never settle for just getting through the group stage and reaching the last 16 -- the aim is always to get the maximum, which means going all the way.

"We've got a very competitive side and we'll give it our all, then I think I'll finish after the World Cup. I'm at a certain age now where it's time to move over and leave room for the others. It wouldn't make sense continuing.

"If ever there were any need for me to return, then of course I would, but if I were to come to the national team and not play, I'd just get angry. In that case, it would be better for me just to stay at home."

The 2006 World Cup-winner is still hungry for success and insists he would not have extended his stay in Turin if that wasn't the case.

"It was my decision to continue with Juventus because I'm in a place where I'm feeling good and where I can still win things," he added. "And we have more objectives to aim for in the coming years."

 - TEAMtalk Media

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