"It's one of those nights that remain with you forever. It reminds me of Francesco Totti against Holland 12 years ago when Pirlo scored that crazy penalty," he said of the 4-2 shoot-out win over England.
De Rossi had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the first few minutes, but his 30-metre screamer came off the woodwork.
"When I hit the post I thought a few things, so that went badly, but I wouldn't change anything about this night.
"I still have to discover if I'm right or left-footed. I risked sending that shot into the stands, but it went fairly well - apart from the upright."