Daniele De Rossi set for shock return to Italy squad TWO YEARS after retiring as Roberto Mancini gives 117-cap star chance for swansong
- Daniele De Rossi retired from international football back in November 2017
- However, he is now in line for a shock return to Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad
- He could feature in Italy’s clashes with Greece and Liechtenstein in October
Roma legend Daniele De Rossi is reportedly set for a shock return to Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad.
The midfielder, now playing in Argentina for Boca Juniors, retired from international football back in November 2017 after Italy’s shock defeat by Sweden, which denied them a place at the 2018 World Cup.
Boca Juniors midfielder Daniele De Rossi is in line for a shock return to the Italy squad
Italy’s clash with Greece on October 12 could be a very special occasion for De Rossi as they could book their place at the 2020 European Championships with victory at the midfielder’s former home Stadio Olimpico.
De Rossi has played a remarkable 117 times for the Azzurri, netting 21 goals in that time, as well as winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
And the Euro qualifiers will give De Rossi the chance to enjoy a special swansong for his national team, who have won all six of their qualifying fixtures.
De Rossi retired from international football after Italy’s disastrous defeat to Sweden in 2017
The Italy legend joined Boca Juniors in the summer after Roma announced they would not renew his contract.
The midfielder netted 63 times in 616 appearances for Roma, while only Francesco Totti, with 768, has played more games for the Serie A outfit.
De Rossi turned down an opportunity to move into a director’s role at Roma, insisting he wanted to pursue a ‘new adventure’ elsewhere still playing the game he loves.
Roberto Mancini’s side have claimed maximum points from their six Euro 2020 qualifiers