WATCH: Daniele De Rossi fumes as he’s told to warm up against Sweden

WATCH: Daniele De Rossi fumes as he’s told to warm up against Sweden

WATCH: Daniele De Rossi fumes as he’s told to warm up against Sweden

Roma defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi is seen as one of the strongest midfielders in world football and, while he’s known for his kind-hearted nature outside of the game, he’s one of the last people you’d want to get on the wrong side of on the pitch. Last night’s main fixture saw Italy attempting to come back from a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off with Sweden, where playing on home soil would surely see the famed footballing nation push through a place in next year’s competition. It ended up being that they failed to do that, which will see them not appear at a World Cup for the first time since 1958, which is a shock when considering how they’ve been one of the best international sides in the sport’s history.

The future of current Italy boss Gian Piero Venture continues to be up for debate, with him likely to lose his position at any possible moment, but the final minutes of their poor attempt at qualifying had plenty of drama along the way. The fierce Roma midfielder was told to warm up by Ventura’s backroom staff in the dying minutes of the game, where De Rossi replied in screaming: “Why the hell should I go on? We don’t need to draw, we need to win!”

Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne is seen as one of Italy’s best current players, working as a crucial part in the club’s shock title challenge and always staying on the prowl for an array of goals and assists in the Serie A. Plenty of Italian journalists have criticised Gian Piero Ventura’s reluctance to use Insigne more throughout qualifying, and De Rossi clearly shared that view, pointing to the Napoli man as the one to save the day, rather than putting on a player as defensively minded as himself.

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Daniele De Rossi went on to explain his thinking after the game. He said: “We have this tendency to warm up three at a time then, after five minutes, we change and another three go.” Then adding: “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, and the coach is a lovely guy so 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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