Ireland boss eyes US tour to scout for new recruits
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has asked the FAI to organise a warm-weather training camp next summer and suggested the United States as a possible venue after revealing that he is keen to explore potential recruits from that part of the world.
The Italian is keen to spend time with some of his younger players, and believes a trip abroad can be fitted in before the Carling Cup matches with Northern Ireland and Scotland and the Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia in Skopje.
Last summer, his training camp took place in Malahide, but Trap is keen to guarantee a decent climate in order to maximise his time with the fringe members.
He is also curious about the US after a friend suggested the large Irish diaspora could provide some more players, although Steve Staunton went down that road unsuccessfully with the much derided call up of Joe Lapira for the tour of the States three years ago.
"America, I like," said Trapattoni. "It would be important for us and the organisation. Ten days with the group, with the players. Not the seniors, but with a young team. Maybe we can have friendly games, but it depends on getting the time.
"We have friends in America who've said: 'Do you know how many people, the father or grandfather are Irish. I said to them two months ago, 'give me the list'."
Financial hurdles will have to be jumped before the FAI can give the go ahead, however, in addition to the logistics of scheduling a trip around the Carling games. Trap says he is intent on winning the new competition, but will use it to blood the individuals who miss out on involvement against Norway.
The 71-year-old hinted that Stoke's Jonathan Walters, called up to the senior squad for the first time, may have to wait until February's clash with Wales for his first cap, with Shane Long ahead of him in the queue after a sparkling performance against Slovakia.