Daniele De Rossi angrily denies he refused to come on and take a penalty for Italy - “do I look like the type who would refuse to step-up to the spot?”
The Azzurri were defeated in the Euro 2016 Quarter-Final by Germany, and some outlets have suggested that CT Antonio Conte wanted to introduce the Roma man to take a kick.
“Don’t joke, don’t send yet another rumour around,” De Rossi told reporters as he arrived at Malpensa airport. “Do I look like the type who would refuse to step-up to the spot? We’re anything but happy today, happiness is something for other days, certainly not just after you go out of the Euros and especially when you deserved a different result.
“Conte didn’t ask me, and that’s it. I hadn’t even warmed-up during the game.”