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Tardelli talking ten more years

MARCO TARDELLI believes that Giovanni Trapattoni can be the Ireland manager for 10 years and that he is now working to secure the future of Ireland's senior team.

"We are working in the long term always because we think it is possible to stay here for 10 years," said Tardelli.

"For me and Giovanni, we want to stay on for the long term because it is the right approach.

"Of course, I don't know if I will be here, as, in football, anything can happen. But I think it is better for the FAI that we work for the future."

Tardelli wore a big grin when he made those comments and while nobody expects Trapattoni to manage at this level into his 80s, the clear message is that the current Ireland management team has no plans to quit.

In a more immediate sense, Tardelli justified the inclusion of Conor Clifford in the senior panel at the expense of Wes Hoolahan as an indication that Trapattoni is looking ahead.

"I think it's better for the FAI that we look for the future. I saw Clifford in training today and I think he is very good for the future."

In the here and now, Tardelli and Trapattoni's biggest concern is the fitness of Ireland's longest-serving current international and skipper, Robbie Keane. Keith Andrews is also a doubt.

"For Andrews, it's just rest," said Tardelli after the Bolton midfielder eased back in training yesterday.

"He did the first part of training, the tactical part of training, and then afterwards asked us if it was possible to stay on the bench. It's no problem.

"Robbie decided to stay and rest because it is better. He needs to recover also after his trip. It's just a knock. I spoke with the doctor and he told me everything is okay. Both players are fit".

Germany's two injury doubts, Mario Goetze and Lukas Poloski, both trained for the first time this week yesterday.

German assistant coach Hansi Flick is confident they will be fit to play in the Aviva. He said: "Podolski had some problems with his ankle, Mario with some muscle problems.

"We decided to spare him towards the end of training when it became a bit more intensive. Goetze did individual training."


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