Andrea Pirlo has conceded that whilst he intends to retire from international duty, if Italy’s new Coach wants him, he will be available.
The 35-year-old confirmed months in advance of the 2014 World Cup that his intention after the tournament was to step away from international football.
Whilst that remains the case following the Azzurri’s group stage exit in Brazil, the Juventus man has hinted that it is not a definitive position.
“For now I have decided to leave the national team, but if the new Coach asks for my availability, I would willingly return,” Pirlo is quoted as telling reporters on the plane journey back from South America.
Pirlo has been capped 112 times by his country and netted 13 goals during an international career that has so far spanned 12 years.