Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.
In light of Andrea Barzagli’s calf strain, Coach Cesare Prandelli has been experimenting in training with a three-man defensive system,  with the Roma midfielder placed as a central defender.
In a move similar to that De Rossi experienced at club level last season, it is likely to be seen for the Azzurri in their opening Group C game on Sunday afternoon, against world and European champions Spain, as the player now admits himself.
“There’s a 99.9 per cent chance I will play as a central defender against Spain on Sunday,” the 72-capped midfielder told Mediaset today.
“I will be the connection between defence and midfield, but I won’t only be a defender.
“Maybe I have a future in this role, but now I consider myself a defender in an emergency situation only.”