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Trap told to play ball by FAI

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has been told to up his game by the FAI -- but only time will tell whether he is prepared to play ball.

After seeing off a concerted attempt to remove him from his position, Trapattoni must now ponder a series of instructions from Abbotstown which are intended to address glaring weaknesses in his management of Ireland.

Initially, Trapattoni was given full control of Ireland's senior team with no running orders and just a simple imperative from Abbotstown -- qualification.

His first opportunity to show that he is willing to fall in with his renewed job specification will be when he goes to see Wes Hoolohan and Anthony Pilkington against Arsenal at Carrow Road tomorrow.

But it is difficult to see what, if anything, the FAI can do if this visit to England is a one-off and Trapattoni decides to stick with his DVDs.