IRELAND boss Giovanni Trapattoni will not be calling up any home-based players to pad out his injury-hit squad for this week's training camp because there are no decent players left in the country, according to his assistant Marco Tardelli.
A fringe Ireland squad assembled in Dublin over the weekend and trained in Malahide yesterday with just 15 players, the next item on the agenda is a training game tomorrow (6.30pm) against Paul Doolin's U23 squad, which is made up of League of Ireland players, with Paul McShane captaining the senior side.
From the original 23-man squad for the training camp, Stephen Ward and David Meyler were ruled out due to injury, while over the weekend it was confirmed that Darron Gibson, Caleb Folan, Keith Treacy and Andy Keogh were also out.
Derby County man Paul Green and Stoke's Liam Lawrence were due to arrive this morning, while James McCarthy (Wigan) and Marc Wilson (Portsmouth) are being assessed by their clubs due to injury concerns.
Cillian Sheridan (Celtic) and Greg Cunningham (Manchester City) were called in and trained this morning, but even though Trapattoni had just 15 players last night he won't look to the League of Ireland for players to fill out his squad.
"I have come to see matches in Ireland, but the players play in England. If you have the name of a player who plays here (in Ireland) give it to me, because I think the best players are outside of Ireland," said Tardelli.
"We must get to know the younger players. During the Premier League and Championship season many players didn't play, so we need to see them here. We have the players here for a few days and it's possible to understand our system in that time.
"I have seen Shane Duffy and Keith Fahey in training, Greg Cunningham too, and we saw many good things."