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Sunday 21 January 2018

Humiliation once again - but Trap defiant

Daniel McDonnell and Ruaidhri O'Connor

Giovanni Trapattoni has no intention of quitting after the heaviest home defeat in Irish football history.

The Italian cited the unavailability of senior players as a key factor in a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of a rampant Germany side, with striker Jon Walters describing the performance as an embarrassment.

Ireland have conceded 16 goals in their last five competitive games, but Trapattoni insists that he is going nowhere. His face turned purple with anger as he defended his record in a post-match press conference, stressing that the team are in a better position now than when he was appointed.

"Why?" he replied, when asked if he was fighting to save his job in Tuesday's qualifier with the Faroe Islands.

"I'm sure the players can answer us. They have commitment. I am proud of this team.

"I don't look for excuses but we were missing Dunne, missing St Ledger, missing Keane, missing Whelan."

With a revised 4-3-3 formation, Ireland stayed level for half an hour until a quick brace from Marco Reus put the result beyond doubt.

A Mezut Ozil penalty kick, a goal from Miroslav Klose, and two long-range efforts from Toni Kroos piled on the agony before Andy Keogh netted an injury-time consolation.

Walters pulled no punches in his assessment, apologising to the supporters on the first night that the Aviva Stadium was full for a football international.

"Being beaten 6-1? Embarrassing," said the striker.

"We let the team down, ourselves down, the manager down, we let the country down. Embarrassing.

"We were all over the show, we couldn't get near them. We went 2-0 down and it was all over and near the end it was a slow pace. I have never been in a match like that before."

Irish Independent

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