Wednesday 21 February 2018

Spain won't humiliate us again, vows Trap

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni

Daniel McDonnell in New York

GIOVANNI Trapattoni says he is confident his under- strength Irish team will avoid humiliation similar to Euro 2012 in tomorrow's friendly with world champions Spain.

The manager has brought a young squad to America after a raft of senior players were allowed to miss the trip due to injuries and family reasons.

Robbie Keane will lead out the Irish side at Yankee Stadium and will be joined by just four other players who started against the Faroe Islands: David Forde, Sean St Ledger, Seamus Coleman and Simon Cox. James McCarthy has also made the trip.

Spain, who beat Ireland 4-0 at Euro 2012, will field a strong side as they are on their way to the Confederations Cup in Brazil. However, Trapattoni is sure his players have the energy and organisation to compete.

"There is confidence in our system and balance," he said. "I don't know if we can win, but we won't be humiliated.

"In the last three games, the players have shown us they are well. We are conscious of our quality. We got a good result against England and while England are not like Spain, because Spain is more creative and technical, I think we can do well."

Jon Walters, Wes Hoolahan and Marc Wilson are absent due to minor injuries, while Glenn Whelan is being rested, John O'Shea has pulled out due to a family bereavement and Aiden McGeady has been allowed off to prepare for his wedding.

Shane Long is also getting married this week, while Richard Dunne left the camp to begin the process of sorting out his club future.

Irish Independent

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