Tuesday 16 January 2018

Ward: FAI made right 2014 call

STEPHEN WARD has hailed the FAI's decision to extend the contract of Giovanni Trapattoni, writes Daniel McDonnell.

The Wolves defender broke into the Italian's plans during the final stages of the Euro 2012 campaign, and scored in the second leg of the play-off win over Estonia.

After breaking into the team at left-back, the Dubliner will be hoping to nail down his place for the long haul. And he welcomes the fact that Trapattoni will be at the helm for the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

"It's good news for us as a squad of players," said Ward. "I think he has done a fantastic job since he's taken over the national side.

"Qualifying for the European Championship has been great for him and great for us and I suppose there's no better man to take us on, hopefully, to the World Cup in 2014.

" I think the job he's done has really given the country a massive lift.

"He's as experienced as anyone, he knows the game inside out and the way he's taken over and helped us qualify for a major tournament -- there is definitely no better man to do it again in the World Cup qualifying campaign."

Meanwhile, the FAI has confirmed that Ireland will not change their home kit ahead of next summer's European Championships.

In a move to reassure Christmas shoppers, wary of the frequent kit changes in the past, the association released a statement in order to avoid confusion.

Ireland only launched their current kit last summer ahead of the Carling Nations Cup but have unveiled a new jersey ahead of previous major tournaments.

Irish Independent

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