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Quartet Return To First Post Trapattoni Ireland Squad

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Noel King today announced a provisional 26 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Germany on October 11 in Cologne, and Kazakhstan on October 15 in Aviva Stadium.

The squad will be shortened ahead of the fixtures in order to facilitate injuries with both Robbie Brady and Jon Walters struggling with injury. Continue reading

Conservative Trap Names Predictable Euro 2012 Squad

“It has not been easy choosing 23 players because we have many other very good players who deserve to be here.”  The words used by the wily tactician that is Giovanni Trapattoni as he announced his squad for the 2012 European Championships. Despite the Ireland manager’s quotes to the context, it would have been a difficult decision to decide the vast majority of the players who are now in the squad.

At half three yesterday the Italian announced his squad for Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign. The squad featured: 

Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Stephen Ward, Stephen Kelly, Kevin Foley, Glenn Whelan, Darren Gibson, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt, James McClean, Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Simon Cox, Shane Long, Jonathan Walters.

Standby: Darren Randolph, Paul McShane, Paul Green, Seamus Coleman, Andy Keogh.

The phrase “as expected” comes to mind when describing the squad, which is far from a bad thing. Continuity is a necessity at international level, something Trapattoni and his team have done right over his tenure as Republic of Ireland manager.

The first 11 picks itself, Given, O’Shea, Dunne, St.Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whealan, McGeady, Keane, Doyle. The squad members are there to be used but only if necessary. The likes of James McClean, Stephen Hunt, Jonathan Walters, Shane Long and Simon Cox will have a good chance of getting on the pitch in Poland with the latter trio more then likely to replace Kevin Doyle after he runs himself into the ground. But aside from that, injuries not withstanding there will be very little change in the team.

James McCarthy will be one player who will not be on the plane to Poland after announcing his decision to withdraw from consideration after his father was diagnosed with cancer. “I have made the very difficult decision to withdraw my name from selection from the Euro 2012 squad following the diagnosis of my father with cancer and an ongoing requirement for treatment” he stated.

“I have discussed this with the manager. He was very understanding and I thank him sincerely for that.”I take this opportunity to re-affirm my complete commitment to playing for the Republic of Ireland, It is a huge honour and source of great pride for me and my family.”

He went on to wish his teammates luck stating “despite not being present, I would like to wish the manager and my team-mates every success at the tournament and hope that Irish fans can understand the reason for my decision at this difficult time.”

Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign starts on Sunday June 10th in Poznan when the Republic of Ireland takes on Croatia. Four days later on June 14th they take on world and European Champions Spain in Gdansk. The final fixture takes place on Monday June 18th when the boys in green take on Italy.

Has Trapattoni got his squad right? Will the team be good enough to compete with Spain, Italy and Croatia? Can the team advance beyond the group stage? All interesting questions all will be answered next month.

Ireland Look To Finish Off Estonians In Style

Ireland host Estonia tomorrow in the second leg of their Euro 2012 qualifier in a match that is simply a formality yet Giovanni Trapattoni and his side are offering their opponents a high level of respect by stating the job is not yet complete.

The boys in green take a 4-0 aggregate lead into the tie having comprehensively disposed of Estonia in Tallinn on Friday night. A header from man of the match Keith Andrews, a brace from Robbie Keane and a goal on his first start from Jonathan Walters sent the travelling fans into raptures.

Many fans will be urging  Trapattoni to blood some youngsters such as Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy but it looks like the Italian will persist with his normal eleven as they attempt to seal qualification for the first time on home soil.

Some elements of the media have been extremely critical of Trapattoni`s long ball approach but the players have stood defiant beside the manager, citing the 4-0 win as proof that his tactics are working.  

Stephen Kelly is definitely out of the tie having pulled up injured. Ireland will welcome back John O`Shea from suspension to fill the void left in defence by the Fulham players absence.

Damien Duff is likely to feature despite taking a knock in Tallinn and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle may return to the starting eleven although Walters has more than earned the right to retain the jersey following his contribution in Estonia.

Newcastle United striker Leon Best has been sent back to his club after he failed to overcome a groin injury.

A party atmosphere is expected at the Aviva tomorrow (kick off 7.45pm) as Ireland will look to see off Estonia in style and reach the European Championships for only the second time.

Unless Tarmo Ruutli and his side can stage a seemly impossible comeback, Irish eyes will shift focus on the upcoming draw for the finals which takes place on December 2nd.