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Trap: We need to say our prayers

GIOVANNI Trapattoni is looking for help from on high when Ireland go into battle against Estonia for a place at the Euro 2012 top table next summer.

The Ireland boss believes that a few prayers wouldn't be out of place and pointed to evidence of how well they work when he spoke about skipper Robbie Keane's semi-miraculous recovery.

"Thank God it was not so serious an injury. He is our captain and we need his personality and international experience in games like this," said Trap.

"We need prayers alright and we don't want another France," he added with feeling.

Trapattoni once again focused on the need to score in Tallinn, suggesting an attacking mindset, but he has yet to choose between Jonathon Walters and Simon Cox as Keane's strike partner.

"When defenders are big and strong, it's good to have a player who can hold the ball up and bring others into play," said Trapattoni. "Cox is a little bit the same as Robbie. Walters is different."