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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE.

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE.

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE.

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has reignited his feud with James McCarthy and questioned his professional commitment after doubts emerged about the player's availability for Ireland's friendly international against Spain in New York.

After first suggesting that McCarthy was a doubt because of a groin strain, Trapattoni (pictured) then launched into a tirade.

"It is 90% that he will be in New York. He doesn't have a problem but there are two or three situations. It is important for him to come and play against Spain. It would increase his confidence and it's important. I was a player and I never turned down an opportunity," he said.

"He has a little bit of pain in the groin. They need rest as they play many games. But it is important for the list to say Dunne, O'Shea, McCarthy will be playing. If you accept the game, Spain against FAI, the Irish people in New York deserve respect.

"Our players must understand this, it's only three days. I know players. It's impossible for me to understand, 'we need rest'."

Trapattoni confirmed that Richard Dunne has proved his fitness and will start against the Faroe Islands on Friday at the Aviva.


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