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Sky is the limit for Coleman says Trapattoni


Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI believes that the sky is the limit for Seamus Coleman and that he has all the qualities needed to be a star of the world game.

Comparing Coleman to former Italian great Antonio Cabrini, Trapattoni can only see good things in the future.

But before he lost the run of himself entirely and signed on as a full member of the Coleman fan club, he reminded everyone of the need for caution.

"Cabrini was a left-back too and he scored goals. Coleman has the potential, sure. He has a good personality and has convinced himself that he can do it."

"But he needs to choose the moment to attack and not to try things near our box. Near the opponent's box yes but no dribbling near ours," said Trapattoni referring to a couple of dodgy defensive moments for Coleman early on against England at Wembley.

Trapattoni shared out the praise for the performance against England and focused on James McCarthy's ever improving profile as a midfielder of some substance and Shane Long's physical power.

"It wasn't just Coleman. James McCarthy too. They were on the bench, like Gibson. When these young players play, they are conscious they are playing in the Premier League. They increase their personality, their self-belief and I am happy because it confirmed for me what I thought.



"I played football and when I was 24 years old in the national team, I was very different from when I was 20. I had more personality. It is good to be shy but not good to be shy when you''e playing football."

Trapattoni revealed that he will dig deep for options on Sunday when Ireland meet Georgia at the Aviva and that Wes Hoolahan is in his mind as a possible starter in midfield.

"I have to think, but yes, probably. We have to see again, we have Hendrick. Whelan needs a rest before the Faroes. He has had a very tough season. But Wes? Sure, he can be one of the two midfielders.

At least three players, including Whelan, are nursing inflammation issues while David Forde strolled around the Malahide training complex with strapping on his right leg.

"There are a few who have had scans. But we found no muscular problems. It is inflammation for two or three but I'm not worried. I think they will all be okay for the Faroes."

Trapattoni also confirmed that Marc Wilson's hamstring injury will be given a full testing against the Georgians and that Richard Dunne will also play.

"I said before that Richard would play. Maybe he will start but if not, I will give him time in the second-half. We need to know about Marc Wilson, but I think he is fit to play and we will see against Georgia."

Trapattoni sounded a note of caution and a warning to any player who strays from his programming against Georgia.

"I said to the players today not to forget that the people coming to the game, they pay for their ticket. Georgia is not a walk in the park. Anyone who wants to play with violins will be back on the bench after 50 minutes," he said, underlining his unwillingness to change a single line of his formula.