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World Cup winner De Rossi joins Italy coaching staff

Milan (AFP) – Former Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has joined the national team’s coaching staff to assist Roberto Mancini, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Thursday.

De Rossi, 37, will work as a technical collaborator until the end of the European championships from June 11-July 11, the FIGC said.

De Rossi spent 18 years at Roma before retiring in January 2020 after a few months in Argentina with Boca Juniors.

He played 117 times for the Azzurri from 2004-2017 and won the World Cup in 2006 and was runner-up in the 2012 European championship.

“I’m proud to start this new career with the national team,” said De Rossi.

“I will do it with enthusiasm, knowing that I’m only at the beginning and I still have a lot to learn.”

De Rossi will join the set-up this weekend ahead of upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland on March 25, Bulgaria three days later and Lithuania on March 31.

“I’m very pleased that Daniele joins our group,” said Mancini.

“I’m sure he will be able to give the players an important contribution.”

De Rossi made his international debut in September 2004, scoring in his first game against Norway.

He bowed out after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after losing a play-off against Sweden in November 2017.

Having played in three World Cup and three European championships he is the fourth most capped Italy player after Gianluigi Buffon (176), Fabio Cannavaro (136) and Paolo Maldini (126). 

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