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De Rossi’s reaction speaks about Italy atmosphere

Daniele De Rossi had an angry reaction last evening when he was asked to warm up to enter the pitch for Italy.

Roma’s midfielder was asked by one of Ventura’s assistants to start warming up in the second half of the 0-0 draw against Sweden. But De Rossi’s reaction was an angry one towards the assistant, blasting his manager’s tactics and choices. The Italian midfielder was seen gesturing during the moment and he reportedly said to his coach: “Why the hell should I go on? We don’t need to draw here, we need to win!”, pointing towards Insigne, who was standing next to him and indicating him as a potential solution.

At the end of the match that resulted in a historical World Cup miss for Italy after 60 years, Roma’s midfielder announced his retirement from the national team, together with Buffon and Barzagli. The 34-year-old said: “I have worn this shirt for 16 years, it’s sad to know that this was the last time. My journey ends here, but I cannot be prouder of what we achieved over the years and everybody that I played along.”

De Rossi also explained his dugout reaction after the match. Speaking to Rai Sport, the midfielder said that it’s nothing personal against Ventura: “We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go.

I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up. I pointed to Insigne too.

It wasn’t up to me whether it was a tactical issue. I’m sorry if I offended anyone. At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead.”

Daniele De Rossi played 117 matches for Italy, scoring 21 goals in the process.