Trapattoni Backed By Players

The message from Republic of Ireland captain, Robbie Keane. Ireland were booed off in their last World Cup qualifier defeat to Sweden, they lost 2-1 in Dublin and leaves the Irish three points behind second placed Sweden in Group C with only three games left to play. They play third places Austria on Tuesday. 

Manager Trapattoni has admitted that anything less than three points on Tuesday in Vienna will end the Irish chance of progressing to the World Cup in Brazil. 

Captain Robbie Keane scored his 60th international goal on Friday, asked if he was still in support of the manager he said, “I’m certainly not going down that road.”

“As professionals, as far as we are concerned he is the manager and we are going to give him 100% backing.

“We have a game on Tuesday and if we don’t get anything out of it, it’s finito, it’s as simple as that.

“If they can’t get themselves up for these games knowing how important the game is, then there’s a serious problem.”

John O’Shea, asked about the Italian’s future, said: “That’s not up to me to decide. If we don’t qualify, they are the things that will be asked. Let’s wait and see.”

Whatever happens Trapattoni has said that the Irish will come out of the group stronger than they began, he said “It was always a strong group with Germany, Sweden and also Austria. It was a tough group.”

“We have many young players and I think they can improve their personality, their confidence and their trust. We must continue this.

“Also if we finish third in the table behind Germany and Sweden and better than Austria, that must increase our personality.”

James Moss [email protected]_13


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