It doesn't seem to matter to Daniele De Rossi what position he plays.

Whether it's an attacking position, a holding midfield spot or now at the heart of Italy's new three-man defense, the Roma stalwart adapts effortlessly. Perhaps that's why he's one of the highest-paid players in Serie A.

Still, switching from midfield to center back for Italy's European Championship opener against defending champion Spain on Sunday could be a challenge.

De Rossi says ''as long as you have defenders who are helping you, like (Leonardo) Bonucci and (Giorgio) Chiellini have already shown in training, it's not a problem. The problem is that we're facing the strongest squad in the world, so it's going to be difficult.''