Magpies stopper Elliot on Trapattoni's radar
With a lengthy summer get-together culminating with a week-long trip to the United States, it's safe to assume that the strength in depth of Irish senior options will be tested, although Joey Lapira probably shouldn't expect a call.
One player who should come into the frame is Newcastle netminder Rob Elliot (above), who qualifies for Ireland and has stepped in to deputise for Tim Krul at Premier League level.
There had been suggestions that although he has represented Ireland at underage level, Elliot was unsure about committing.
Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly put that to bed yesterday by saying that his counterpart at Newcastle, Andy Woodman, had been in touch to let him know of Elliot's availability.
"I watched him in the European games and he's in the Newcastle side. I give the manager the options and he makes the decisions," said Kelly.
Duffy 'mortified' after
pro-IRA tweet storm
Ireland U-21 international Shane Duffy issued another apology yesterday for a controversial tweet that popped up on his account early on Monday morning.
Twitter users were taken aback when a pro-IRA comment from another user was retweeted onto his timeline.
Duffy claims that somebody else was responsible – and his mates have gotten him into trouble on the social network before.
"I am mortified by the tweet and apologise for any upset caused," said Duffy. "The tweet was sent by a third party after my phone was taken. Steps will be taken to avoid any further recurrence." Evidently, Everton were unimpressed.
Kelly reveals how 'Heat'
inspired youth heroics
Alan Kelly is a good man for an anecdote and turned the clock back to his own career when speaking about the expected freezing temperatures in Stockholm.
He recalled how one of his greatest performances in his youth at Preston was influenced by a reaction to the cold temperatures.
"Torquay away, December 28, 1990. We lost 1-0. At half-time, I couldn't feel my hands, I got the Deep Heat out, put it on and went to the toilet. I forgot I had the Deep Heat on my hands.
"I had the best game of my life in the second half – I could not stand still. The report said , 'Kelly was an explosion of movement in the second half'. That is the truth."
Number of the day
3 Members of the Irish Euro 2012 starting XI that were in the first-team bibs in training yesterday. They were John O'Shea, Glenn Whelan and skipper Robbie Keane.