Andrea Pirlo has praised Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, as they prepare to face each other at the World Cup.
Italy will play the Three Lions in their first group game in Manaus on June 14. And the Juventus playmaker has moved to commend his opposite number, with less than four months until kick off.
“Smart players can fit in any formation and have the ability to fill many roles,” he told reporters.
“Gerrard is an excellent playmaker who reads the game very well and has great vision.
“Steven’s a great professional. I think it’s possible that he will continue for several years at Liverpool and with England – perhaps in a slightly different role.”