De Rossi hails teammate Pirlo

Italy international midfielder Daniele De Rossi has hailed his teammate Andrea Pirlo.

Last Updated: 18/06/14 at 16:33 Post Comment

Daniele De Rossi: Italy international praises teammate Andrea Pirlo

Daniele De Rossi: Italy international praises teammate Andrea Pirlo

More of the games that matter

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

Juventus midfielder Pirlo has announced his intention to retire from international football after the ongoing 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 35-year-old has been part of the Azzurri since 2002 and won the World Cup in Germany in 2006, while also helping his country reach the final of the European Championship in 2012.

De Rossi, who has been playing for Italy since 2004, has now praised his compatriot, and has insisted that he will continue to play for his country as long as possible.

“Pirlo has touched my soul because we played with each other for over 10 years,” he told reporters.

“He is an example and he deserves all the respect he deserves. He never complains and he does not dive.

“Do I think about retiring from Italy duty? No. I feel good and I do not an expiry date. I will honour this shirt as long as I can.” 

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

FA Cup: Jordan Henderson is delighted Liverpool are in Monday’s draw

Jordan Henderson is delighted Liverpool are in Monday’s FA Cup draw following a weekend of major upsets.

Sky Bet Championship: Blackburn captain Jason Lowe coy on rumours Rudy Gestede will be sold

Blackburn captain Jason Lowe remains calm over rumours star striker Rudy Gestede will be sold this month.

FA Cup: Bradford hope to meet Manchester United after beating Chelsea

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson would like to meet Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round after beating Chelsea.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

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