He is one of the three Italian players who announced their international retirement after their failure to qualify for the World Cup finals (Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli being the other two), and under the circumstances, with his vast experience at Italy’s national team, he felt he had to express his opinion, regarding who should be sent it in the last minutes.
We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go. I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up. I pointed to Insigne too
Daniele de Rossi told Rai Sport, talking about what appeared to be a spat in Italy’s bench, where he was heard saying “why the hell should I go on? We don’t need to draw here, we need to win!”
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
the Italian midfielder also said. As for the future of the Squadra Azzurra;
We will begin again, just as we did after other desperately disappointing moments
his comment was.