Sunday June 15 2014
Pirlo: 'Courageous Italy'

Andrea Pirlo was proud to be “the captain of a courageous Italy that wanted to impose its style on England.”

The midfielder wore the armband in last night’s 2-1 World Cup victory in Manaus, as Gigi Buffon was injured.

“I was the captain of a courageous Italy that wanted to play good football and impose its style on England,” Pirlo told media.

“I think that we did that for the first half and a large portion of the second half too. It was a great game, despite suffering in the heat.

“We are a good team and we can go forward.”

Pirlo also gave the thumbs up to the new double playmaker system that sees him partner heir apparent Marco Verratti.

“I was happy playing alongside Verratti and it’s right to continue along this path.”

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