De Rossi will be Cesare Prandelliâ€™s first capitano given that Gigi Buffon is injured and Andrea Pirlo hasnâ€™t been selected for the Upton Park test.
â€śI do feel a particular responsibility,â€ť said the Roma player. â€śIn the last few days I have tried to help the youngsters settle.
â€śHowever, Iâ€™m well aware that the armband will return to players such as Buffon, Pirlo or Gianluca Zambrotta when they return as they have more caps than me.â€ť
De Rossi is the only member of the 2006 World Cup winning squad in the present set-up and heâ€™s keen for the Azzurri to return to their glorious past.
â€śWe need to find that something extra which helped us win in Germany,â€ť he continued.
â€śWe also need to try to understand what we lost from the mentality which allowed us as players to win the most important trophy there is.â€ť