De Rossi spoke to La Repubblica after Italyâs World Cup elimination, sealed by a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
âThere were certainly components that affected the result, like the heat or the refereeing, but we must not cling to these things,â said De Rossi.
âWe must forget about all this quickly. Actually, I take that back: we should remember well what went wrong and begin again with real men.
âWe need real men, not Panini stickers or characters. These are of no use to the Nazionale.â
De Rossi was sure to be referring to AC Milan striker Balotelli, who posted on Twitter a picture of the Italy Panini album with his sticker in every slot.
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