Pirlo plans to prolong exit

Andrea Pirlo is hoping to prolong his Italy career a little further by overcoming Uruguay to reach the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

Last Updated: 24/06/14 at 11:42 Post Comment

Andrea Pirlo: Hoping a win over Uruguay can extend his international career

Andrea Pirlo: Hoping a win over Uruguay can extend his international career

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ahead of the tournament, the 35-year-old admitted he is planning to retire from international football after Italy’s exit, despite recently penning a new two-year deal at Juventus.

Pirlo has been ever-present in Brazil as Italy have had mixed fortunes – beating England 2-1 before losing 1-0 to Costa Rica – but they now need a result against Uruguay in their final Group D game to secure progression to the last-16.

A point would be enough to send Cesare Prandelli’s side through on goal difference, but Pirlo is eyeing all three as he admits an exit at this stage would be a major disappointment.

"My goal is to win and keep going in this tournament. I want to keep wearing this jersey, the most beautiful thing that can happen to a player," he said.

"All matches are important but decisive matches even more so. This is comparative to a final or a semi-final.

"It has the same tension, the same anticipation. We are in or out at the end of it.

"It would be a disappointment for the team and the country if we were to go out but we are not thinking about the disappointment.

"The outcome depends on us. We know how strong we are."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Roberto Firmino eyeing trophy success at Liverpool after saying bye to Hoffenheim

Liverpool's £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino hopes to celebrate "a lot of success" at Anfield and 'can't wait test himself in the Premier League'.

Manchester United 'agree Matteo Darmian fee with Torino'

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia sources.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not joining Barcelona this year

Barcelona have insisted they are "not planning" a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this calendar year.

Mail Box

Doesn't Delph To Arsenal Make More Sense?

We have reaction to our Top Ten regarding Philipp Lahm and Dave Mackay, why we all love Harry Kane, Fabian Delph to Arsenal and what United can get away with...

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company