Friday 19 January 2018

Trapattoni on . . .

Steven Reid's Retirement

We must say to him: 'Thank you very much,' because he was a great player for Ireland. We've also had some changes within the team -- the options like Green, like Gibson in his position and also Whelan and Andrews. The federation and myself have to say to him: 'Thank you.'

Robbie Keane's Future

I don't know. I read that maybe he can go to Aston Villa, but before I said that Liverpool was better for him and Tottenham wasn't as good, so I cannot say that today. The player and the club will decide. It's important that they are happy.

Shay Given's Fitness

I wrote to him, and he answered me and he said: 'Okay, I am good, I am fit enough, and maybe I can play some time in the friendly game.' I said: 'good, come with us.' When he is here, we can decide. Sure, if he is to play, he will start the game, and after we can change things. We would like to see (Keiren) Westwood, but I am confident about Shay (for September).

The Left-Back Situation

Kilbane is a great man, and a great player. He knows our opinions and our approach and I know he's happy to be still with us. Cunningham has played well also for Man City. Kevin is important and he can be a support maybe for Cunningham. When we have these great senior players they can help the young.

Irish Independent

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