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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Trapattoni eyeing friendly clash with Azzurri

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

A trip to Giovanni Trapattoni's native Italy for a friendly game and training camp has emerged as the most likely end-of-season destination for Ireland.

Trapattoni is keen for a gathering with fringe players after the Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia on June 4, and a journey to the United States, which would have featured a clash with the Italians in New York, was mooted.

Alas, the agent who was looking to organise that fixture has been unable to progress that plan along. However, it now seems that a meeting with the Italians on their own turf on June 7 is on the cards as an alternative solution.

Like Ireland, the Azzurri have a Euro 2012 qualifier the previous weekend, a home tie against Estonia.

Trapattoni wanted two games with his developmental selection, yet may have to settle for one and a couple of days' training afterwards.

Absolute clarity is expected this week, with the 72-year-old in Ireland to chat with FAI officials. He will visit Athlone tomorrow to name his squad for the Carling Nations Cup ties with Northern Ireland and Scotland, and the Macedonian encounter.

Elsewhere, Irish international Paddy Kenny scooped both the players' and the supporters' Player of the Year awards as Queen's Park Rangers celebrated their promotion to the Premier League.

The 32-year-old has kept a club record 24 clean sheets to help guide Rangers to the top of the Championship.

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