Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

Italy great Pirlo to retire from football

Andrea Pirlo says he intends to retire at the end of the season following the conclusion of his contract at New York City in December.

'His attention to detail is impressive, ' he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

715 games, 116 Italy caps and 18 trophies later, the former Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan midfielder has come a long way since making his Serie A debut for Brescia against Reggiana in May, 1996, but his playing days are nearly over.

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England booked their place in the 2018 Russia World Cup on Thursday night with a 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley. That knocked us back in the first 15-20 minutes and it took us a while to get going.

But Germany 2006 champion Pirlo, who on Sunday announced his impending retirement from a decorated 22-year playing career, is confident results will soon improve. His contract with NYCFC expires at the end of the season. Just because you were a good player doesn't automatically mean you can do it. At my age, that is enough. You do not have to continue like this until you are 50 years old, no. There are things that are said, but give me time to decide.

"I'll do something else, I'll be back in Italy in December".

Andrea Pirlo has heaped the praise on Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Martin reckons Scotland got their reward for maintaining belief
Martin played an integral role in Scotland's late victory, putting Martin Skrtel under pressure following Ikechi Anya's cross as the visiting skipper sliced the ball past his own goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka .

And asked about his future plans, Pirlo added: "I do not know yet". If they call you immediately to [coach] a first team, it's hard to refuse.

The veteran midfielder left a lasting impression on the reigning Serie A champions - winning the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup twice, as well as reaching the 2015 Champions League final. Like I say, I don't have that intention right now.

"After 25 years of football, I will be at home with my family". He was the man of the match in three matches including the final against France. "I'll play golf and tennis to keep fit".

Warm and dry afternoons continue this week, with rain chances ahead
Tuesday will be a carbon copy of Monday , according to the National Weather Service (NWS), with another handsome day on tap. Saturday night will be clear with a low of 54, according to the weather service, and a south wind of 3 to 5 miles per hour .

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