Monday 26 February 2018

I forgot to text Keogh about omission – Trap

Andy Keogh
Andy Keogh
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has offered a simple explanation for Andy Keogh hearing about his exclusion from the Ireland squad for this week through the media – he forgot to text him.

Keogh took to Twitter last week to voice his unhappiness at (a) missing out on the squad and (b) receiving no communication from the manager about it, especially as he has gone beyond the call of duty to play at difficult times in the past year.

Trapattoni admitted yesterday that it simply slipped his mind and suggested he might try to contact the Millwall man to apologise.

"I forgot to inform him," said the manager. "Sure if you ask him about the other times, he can not deny that I contacted him then. I usually inform him. We have changed many players, and I have the list of ex-players and they have to wait and to be patient because I don't forget them."

Number of the day

100: Ireland women's manager Sue Ronan was also on hand in Malahide yesterday to name her squad for the forthcoming World Cup double-header with Slovakia and Croatia. It is the start of a difficult campaign with all-conquering Germany also in opposition as well as Russia and Slovenia. Ronan paid tribute to goalkeeper Emma Byrne who is on 98 international caps and therefore on course to reach the century in this gathering. "She's a great role model," said Ronan with regard to the Arsenal goalkeeper. Ireland meet Slovakia at the Carlisle Grounds on September 22 before travelling to Croatia.

Lustig could make shock return to boost Swedes

CELTIC'S Swedish full-back Mikael Lustig could yet make Friday's World Cup qualifier at the Aviva after all.

He injured his ankle in Saturday's win over Dundee United and the conspiracy theorists were out in force as he was felled by a challenge from Dubliner Gavin Gunning – nonsense talk. Lustig is off crutches and, after a scan, coach Erik Hamren suggested that the player could be available for Friday. Trapattoni has earmarked the overlapping right-back as a danger so he'll hope there is no miraculous recovery.

Ireland to train at Aviva in break with tradition

THERE will be a break from the norm this Thursday when the Irish team train at the Aviva Stadium on the eve of the match. Generally, all the training sessions during the week take place in Malahide with the team getting their first look at Lansdowne in the pre-match warm-up.

However, as the surface has been replaced over the summer, Trapattoni has changed tack.

"It is better we test the pitch," he said. "In the past, we knew the Aviva. Now the pitch at the Aviva has changed and it's important we try this pitch."

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