Daniele De Rossi has explained his argument with Italy head coach Gian Piero Ventura on Monday.
De Rossi remonstrated with a member of Ventura’s coaching staff during Italy’s 0-0 draw with Sweden, a result which means Italy are unable to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
As the game wore on De Rossi, a defensive midfielder, was asked to warm up, but instead got into a heated debate.
The Roma stalwart pointed towards striker Lorenzo Insigne, asking why he was not being brought on as Italy needed a goal to draw level on aggregate.
De Rossi was in fact not brought on, but Italy still fell short of the requirements.
De Rossi: “Why the f*** would I come on? We need a win not a draw" then he points towards Insigne 😳 pic.twitter.com/gr5WKrJZce
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“We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go,” De Rossi explained post-match.
“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.”