Trap`s Troops Set For Final Push

Giovanni Trapattoni`s Ireland side kick off a make or break double header against Andorra tonight knowing that their Euro 2012 destiny lies in their own hands. 

Victory is a must for the boys in green if they are to qualify automatically, six points from the remaining two games will ensure a playoff spot however should Russia fail to win either of their last two games Ireland could qualify automatically.

 The Irish side are well aware of the task at hand and are not underestimating an Andorran side who they have beaten with relative ease in recent times, including a 3-1 win earlier in the group. 

The tie has been somewhat overshadowed by the late decision by UEFA to move the tie from Barcelona to Andorra, thus hampering the travelling plans of many Irish fans. 

The Italian hasn’t made any major changes after recent suggestions that Birmingham City star Keith Fahey would start in place of Keith Andrews.

 Moscow hero Richard Dunne is out through suspension so Ireland welcome back Sean St Ledger who missed last months draw with Russia. With six players carrying yellow cards Trapattoni will be hoping his side put in a disciplined performance as Armenia await on Tuesday. 

Stephen Ward continues at left back while Sunderland’s John O`Shea takes over from Stephen Kelly at right back. Kevin Doyle retains his place despite his poor performance in recent outings.

A lot will be expected of midfield duo Andrews and Glenn Whelan, who have been heavily criticised for letting matches bypass them in recent times. Trappattoni has told Whelan to carry on as normal despite running the risk of suspension.

   Asked if Whelan’s situation was a concern, the Italian said: “Absolutely not.

“We have played well in the past when we have had players missing, against Italy, against Croatia and others.

“We must play with the right team and wait and see what happens.

“I hope not. I will advise him to be careful, but he must play like he always does.

“We have other midfielders. We have to play to win this game and ahead of the game in Dublin, we have time to think.

“These three points are more important than whether he gets a yellow card or not.”

  Ireland team to face Andorra (Friday, 20.30): Given, O’Shea, St Ledger, O’Dea, Ward; Duff, Whelan, Andrews, McGeady; Doyle, Keane.

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