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Dunne ponders Irish future

RICHARD Dunne has questioned what he and other senior players like Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Shay Given can bring to the table as Ireland exited Euro 2012 with a whimper.

The quartet have formed the spine of the Irish team for the past eight years but after seeing their championship dreams torn to shreds, the 32 year old Aston Villa defender was understandably downbeat.

"What difference can we make now?" Dunne asked.

"We've come here and we're not good enough so it might be time if people want to retire to let young players come through.

"It's very hard because we've been preparing for this and dreaming. You don't want to be thinking about the finish.

"As soon as this comes around, you want to play and concentrate on this.

"Now probably is the time for whoever has thought about it to have a month away and make a decision in a month's time maybe.

"You've just been hammered three times and you're probably just sick of football at the moment.

"You just want to go away and think about it and start again in July and, as far as this is concerned, see what happens."

It is understood that Trapattoni will hold showdown talks with all four in a bid to stave off their retirements and he is understood to be keen to keep Dunne in the international fold.