Andrea Ranocchia concedes he struggled tactically with Italy against Denmark after playing in a three-man defence for Inter.
“In the second half we were pegged back, but we gave our all and showed great heart to get back into a very difficult game,” he told Rai Sport after the 2-2 World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen.
“I won’t grade myself, as that is up to others. I’m in good shape, have been doing well with Inter and thank the Coach for giving me this opportunity.
“We are urged to start the moves from defence and that brings risks, but we must continue working on that and not become a team that plays the long ball.”
Former Juventus flop Nicklas Bendtner bagged a brace with two headers.
“Bendtner moved around a lot and we tried to follow him, but the Coach told us not to track him too far.
“I am accustomed to playing in a different style at Inter, but overall it went well. I hadn’t played for Italy in a long time and it’s never easy, but my teammates helped to relax me. Giorgio Chiellini is great, as he never lets go of a ball.
“Tonight Denmark were pressing very high all over the field, so it wasn’t easy. We made a few mistakes, but Italy have to continue playing ball to feet.”