Thursday 18 December 2014

Trapattoni has eye on qualifiers

Published 13/05/2013 | 16:40

Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 28-man squad for Ireland's friendlies
Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 28-man squad for Ireland's friendlies

Giovanni Trapattoni will attempt to plot a route to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil when his Ireland squad meets up later this month.

The 74-year-old Italian has named a provisional 28-man squad for the eagerly anticipated friendly against England at Wembley on May 29 and the game against Georgia in Dublin on June 2, in preparation for the qualifier against the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium five days later.

Trapattoni and his players will then head for New York for a friendly against Spain at Yankee Stadium on June 11. However, during their time together at the end of this season, the manager will have one eye on the Group C clashes with Sweden, Austria, Germany and Kazakhstan which will determine their destiny later in the year.

Trapattoni said: "We must consider the positives from our games against Sweden and Austria when preparing for these fixtures.

"We produced two strong performances and the players have proven that they are working very well together.

"I am very happy to have the squad together for these games, firstly to prepare for the Faroe Islands World Cup qualifier, and then for the challenges we have ahead of us in September.

"This trip creates the chance to work with the players for a longer period than usual in order to bond and plan for the remainder of our FIFA World Cup qualifier games.

"These matches will provide me with the opportunity to experiment with different players and tactics. I am looking forward to assembling the squad in London on May 26."

Skipper Robbie Keane, who has missed LA Galaxy's last three games with an ankle injury, is included, as are Aiden McGeady and Anthony Pilkington.

However, there are no places for Ciaran Clark and Kevin Doyle, who both have fitness problems, or defender Richard Dunne, who could yet train with the squad after spending the entire season on the sidelines, providing the Football Association of Ireland can gain permission from his club, Aston Villa.

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