Pirlo to retire after World Cup

Updated: May 03, 2013, 16:34 PM IST

Rome: Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo revealed that he would retire from the national outfit after the 2014 World Cup and could become a coach.

Pirlo was speaking his mind at the presentation of his new autobiography and he said in the book that he will quit from the Azzurri after the next year`s World Cup in Brazil, at which point he`ll be 35-years-old.

"We have to leave space for the youngsters to come through. At club level I will continue playing as long as I feel the desire, passion and the sense I am still important to the team. If any of those elements are missing, I`ll be the first to step back," said Pirlo.

He hinted that he could go into management inspired by Juventus head coach Antonio Conte.

"He has given me so much on a tactical level and really surprised me. If one day I become a coach, I will take Conte as my inspiration. I am not the right age nor do I have the right desire to do that now, so I am focused only on playing," he said.