De Rossi discusses his heated debate with Italy manager

Date published: Tuesday 14th November 2017 9:55 - Matthew Stead

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.

“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.”

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