NEWS
Monday July 4 2016
De Rossi: ‘I’d have taken penalty’

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.”

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