Originally Posted by NJReds
He is the glue of that midfield, although he wasn't great this year for Milan.
DeRossi is more than capable, and watch out for Simone Pepe. He had a solid campaign for Udinese. He can be dynamic in the midfield.
Actually, losing the "old-timers" Camorenesi and Pirlo may actually be a blessing in disguise for the Azzurri as some of the younger talent might revitalize this group.
Pirlo had a great 2006 WC but he's past his prime. You like DeRossi as a replacement. Interesting. I'm a Roma fan and DeRossi showed creative midfield ability enough to hope for more... but he was very inconsistent this year. Pizarro was their top midfielder - he passed more accurately, he controlled tempo much better and was more disciplined.
Giovinco could have helped but was not selected.