Andrea Pirlo could still return for Italy on the international stage

Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio of Italy look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match against Costa Rica on June 20, 2014
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Italy and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo says that he may still be available to represent his country despite their early exit from the World Cup in Brazil.

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has fuelled speculation that he may still want to represent his country despite their early exit from the World Cup in Brazil.

During the tournament it was suggested that the 35-year-old veteran would retire after the event, however it appears that the Juventus midfielder may be about to go back on his initial decision.

"If the new national coach thinks he needs me, I will happily remain available," revealed Pirlo, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Italy exited the Brazil-hosted tournament in the group stages, having come in third place in Group D.

Uruguay's defender Diego Godin celebrates scoring with his teammates during the Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014
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