DANIELE DE ROSSI has explained his heated exchange with coaching staff after shouting: “Why the f*** should I go on?”
The Azzuri needed a goal to at least take their play-off against Sweden to extra-time but failed to find the net.
Sky Sports 4 Daniele De Rossi vented his anger on the touchline at the Italy staff
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And the Roma legend was seen taking out his frustration on a coach after the decision was taken to send him on as a substitute rather than in-form Napoli playmaker Lorenzo Insigne.
De Rossi snapped on the bench and said “Why the f*** should I go on? We don’t need to draw here, we need to win!”, while pointing at Insigne on the bench.
The Italians were held to a goalless draw at the San Siro, meaning they missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
But defensive midfielder De Rossi has revealed what happened on the touchline as the Italians crashed out
Sky Sports 4 Daniele De Rossi suggested Insigne go on instead of him against Sweden
Sky Sports 4 Daniele De Rossi finally went on as Italy were held to a goalless draw against Sweden
De Rossi said: “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.
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“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.”
Getty Images – Getty 4 Napoli winger Insigne was an unused sub despite Italy needing a goal