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Pirlo to retire after 2014 World Cup

May 3, 2013
By ESPN staff
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo will retire from international duties after the 2014 World Cup, insisting he must make way for younger players to break into Cesare Prandelli's side.

Pirlo, 34, has been capped 97 times for Italy and was a key part of the side that lifted the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The Juventus playmaker is also expected to lead the Azzurri into next year's tournament, but has made room for a changing of the guard, regardless of Italy's results.

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