Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Italy's 'Gerrard' hopes to explode against England

Daniele De Rossi is arguably Italy's most English-style player, relying on power rather than finesse, but the midfielder acknowledges he has not yet "exploded" ahead of Sunday's Uefa Euro 2012™ quarterfinal against England.Sometimes described as the Steven Gerrard of Serie A, the AS Roma player started the first two games at Euro 2012 in the unusual position of central defence before returning to midfield in the 2-0 win over Ireland which sealed second spot in Group C.De Rossi is happy to be in the middle of the battle where he looks set to lock horns with England captain Gerrard, a player he rates highly just like Roy Hodgson's side."Gerrard is the symbol of their team, he has been playing for 10 years. Gerrard is the symbol of this 'universal' player because he can play well in defence and in attack," he told a news conference on Wednesday."Unfortunately, I haven't seen England much (at this tournament). They have young, very strong wingers. It won't be easy.

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