Sunday August 17 2014
Pirlo: 'Available for Conte's Italy'

Andrea Pirlo “will gladly accept” an Italy call-up from new Coach Antonio Conte, postponing his retirement.

The Juventus midfielder had written in his autobiography that he’d hang up his Azzurri boots after the 2014 World Cup.

However, the arrival of ex-Bianconeri tactician Conte on the bench could well change his mind.

“The Nazionale? I am available,” Pirlo told Tuttosport after bagging a brace in a 5-0 friendly win over Singapore.

“If Conte calls me, then I will gladly accept, as always. If he decides not to call me up, then that will be fine too and it’ll mean my story with the Azzurri jersey has concluded.

“He will make the decision and I will adapt to it.”

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