Sunday 19 November 2017

Trapattoni keeping tabs on Norwich trio for Euros

Norwich trio Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington and Marc Tierney are all in the frame for the European Championships next summer, according to Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli.

Giovanni Trapattoni is weighing up all options over the make-up of his final 23-man squad for Poland and Ukraine, and Tardelli was at Carrow Road for the Arsenal match last Saturday.

Hoolahan's solitary cap came in 2008 in a friendly against Colombia, while former Huddersfield winger Pilkington (23) has played for the U-21s. Full-back Tierney (26) is also eligible.

Tardelli revealed all three were on Ireland's radar and could feature in an upcoming friendly in February, the opposition for which has not yet been announced.

"We follow all players and we decide, Giovanni decides, when will be the right moment," Tardelli said.


"Maybe it is possible they could play in the friendly, but I cannot say for sure. They know that we follow them, if they play everything is possible."

Tardelli added: "The Norwich team, they are good players. Pilkington and Tierney are good players. For us and the international team it is very good because they are young players for the future."

Tardelli has been impressed by Hoolahan's development, the 29-year-old being an integral part of Norwich's double promotion back to the top flight under Paul Lambert.

"I know him (Hoolahan) from two or three years ago when we arrived in Ireland. He is a good player, good quality, a skilful player and I think now more experienced than three years ago," Tardelli added.

"He can play in midfield but he can also play as the second striker. He sometimes plays in this position for Norwich which I think is good."

Irish Independent

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