FIFA World Cup: Andrea Pirlo Lets His Feet do Talking for Italy

Given his laid-back, taciturn manner, it's no surprise midfielder Andrea Pirlo is loathe to talk about his importance to Italy, and the threat he can pose to rival teams in the FIFA World Cup.

updated: June 13, 2014 18:49 IST
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At 35 years old, it is Pirlo's final World Cup and he will be Italy's greatest weapon.


Mangaratiba, Brazil: As expected from a man of few words, Andrea Pirlo has shrugged off suggestions his role for Italy at the World Cup carries special status as the Azzurri prepare to face England in Manaus on Saturday.

Yet evidence from past campaigns, including his role in helping dismantle England at Euro 2012, has had the tacticians in the English camp scrambling for a plan to stop the influential Juventus midfielder.

"That's not the case," said Pirlo when it was suggested to him that he will be the driving motor as Italy bid to overcome their shocking first round exit from South Africa four years ago.

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