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Italy coach Prandelli praises Roma's De Rossi after axing him

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has dropped Daniele de Rossi from his squad after the AS Roma midfielder's dismissal against Lazio.

Prandelli has revealed that the suspension is only a temporary measure.

"I have no doubt about De Rossi as a person," he told a Press conference. "Every now and then things happen that touch a nerve, and he knows that this incident shouldn't 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 and has gone too far this time.

"Daniele has apologised 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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