Even before the start of the 2014 World Cup, Andrea Pirlo had already revealed to the media about his desire of retiring from playing international football with Italy as the player of Juventus stated that this would be the last tournament he plays for his nation.
Italy played terrible during the World Cup and was eliminated from the worldwide tournament without even being able on getting past the group stages and ultimately led to Cesare Prandelli resigning from his position as the manager of the Italian squad even though the contract that he had already signed some months ago stated that he would continue with the squad until the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
The managerial position of the Italian national squad is available with Roberto Mancini being one of the favorites on taking up the position as the successor of the recently departed Cesare Prandelli and Andrea Pirlo has kept the doors opened for a possible return and play with Italy once more.
“If the new national coach thinks he needs me, I will happily remain available. “If I am needed, then there’s no problem in coming back,” Pirlo said during the team’s return to Italy.
Even at his 35 years of age, Andrea Pirlo still plays a pivotal role not only for Italy but also for Juventus as the Italian midfielder recently signed a contract extension with his club that will see him remaining at the Juventus Arena at least until 2016.
The Italian squad has been a subject of heavy criticism after fairly to advance through the group stages of the World Cup in 2 consecutive instances as they also made a number of underwhelming performances during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which led to them being knocked out in the group stages.