Danielle De Rossi Refused To Be Subbed On Against Sweden Because He Wanted Italy To Win

Maybe he should be the next manager?

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In the dying moments of Italy's turgid 0-0 draw with Sweden, with the 2006 champions on the brink of a catastrophic and shameful exit from World Cup contention, the stalwart midfielder Daniele De Rossi refused to warm up as a sub - because he so desperately wanted his team to win.

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De Rossi, a defensive midfielder, was so incensed by manager Gian Piero Ventura's decision to sub him on over Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne - arguably the most in-form Italian player in the world right now - that he let his feelings be known to the coaching staff.

In a video of the incident, the Roma captain screams, "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.

Subsequently, Italy failed to find the elusive goal that would have taken the game to extra time, resulting in Gli Azzuri skidding out of the competition after a diabolical qualifying run, the first time they have failed to reach the finals since 1958.

De Rossi later explained his actions on the bench: "We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go", he said in the post-match press conference.

"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."

Insigne, who isn't sure why he won't be subbed on

Perhaps it would have been, Daniele. The coaching staff must have really wanted that clean sheet.