I thought it was better to send on Insigne - De Rossi explains dugout remonstration
Daniele De Rossi explained that his remonstration with Gian Piero Ventura was in a bid to make the head coach put on extra strikers in Italy’s failed bid to reach the 2018 World Cup.
The Roma stalwart, who said he has taken off the Azzurri jersey “for the last time”, was spotted on camera showing his frustration apparently at the decision not to send on Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, despite Italy desperately needing to score with the match goalless against Sweden on Monday.
Italy eventually slumped to a goalless draw, meaning they lost 1-0 on aggregate and missed out on World Cup qualification for the first time since 1958.
At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead.”
“I’ve been wandering around Coverciano and all over the world with this jersey for over a decade, so to take it off for the last time is a strange feeling.”