Pirlo not sure of Azzurri Call-Up for Euro 2016


Former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo have revealed his fears about potentially missing out on the Italian squad for the Euro 2016.

The midfielder who currently ply his trade for Major League Soccer side, New York City FC recognised that his move to the MLS may hindered his chances of obtaining a call up to the Azzurri.

“It’s possible that I won’t be selected for the Italian squad,” Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Conte hasn’t given his definitive list yet. Sebastian Giovinco [who plays for Tornto FC] and I spoke with Conte, and he assured us that nothing is definitive yet.

“Still, when someone decides to come and play in the United States, they have to know what they are getting into.

“These were issues I reflected on prior to joining NYCFC, and I knew the risks.

“Even if you go and play in Belgium, or another league that is thought of as having lesser quality, you still have the chance of playing in the Champions League or the Europa League, but that isn’t possible here, and that makes a big difference.

“While the MLS doesn’t have the same reputation as the European leagues, evaluations are still being made and I’ll be ready if called.

Pirlo has featured 116 times for the Azzurri since making his debut in 2002.