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Prandelli reassures De Rossi over Italy career

The Azzurri boss has told the Roma player his exclusion from the squad is only a temporary measure and insists he still has faith in the 29-year-old midfielder.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has reassured Daniele De Rossi that his international career remains very much alive, despite dropping him from his latest squad that will take on France on Wednesday as a result of recent disciplinary problems.

The midfielder was sent off during his side's 3-2 defeat to Lazio after punching Stefano Mauri, and although Prandelli stands by his decision to exclude him from the team, he still respects the midfielder as an individual.

“I have no doubts about De Rossi as a person,” he told reporters at a press conference. “Every now and then things happen that touch a nerve, and he knows that this incident should not have happened. We have to remember that De Rossi is a Roma fan as well as a player. He feels the games like no other but he has gone too far this time.

“Daniele has apologized to Mauri and I think that is a nice gesture. I have not spoken to him personally, but I will in the coming hours.”

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