Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo says he will quit the Italian national team after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Pirlo is set to play an integral part of the Azzurri's hopes in Brazil, when he will be 35, but believes the time will then be right to move on.
"In 2014 I will stop with the national team, I think the World Cup will be the last appointment with the blue shirt," he was reported as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. "You have to leave room for the young."
Pirlo has won 97 caps in an Italy career highlighted by winning the 2006 World Cup.
While he has put a timeframe on his international career he said that he would likely continue on in domestic football. He is on the brink of securing back-to-back Serie A titles with Juventus and admitted his desire to continue a senior career that began at Brescia in 1995 still remained strong.
"At club level I will continue on as long as I have passion and I feel important," he said. "Otherwise I&...