Trap hits back at loyalty claims
Giovanni Trapattoni has stood by his decision to stick with his most experienced players during the Republic of Ireland's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Keeper Shay Given, 36, and 31-year-old skipper Robbie Keane, the nation's two most-capped players, in particular were unable to reproduce their best form in Poland and Ukraine as Ireland exited the competition having failed to claim a single point.
After the match Given, Keane, Richard Dunne and Damien Duff remained tight-lipped about retirement plans - but Trapattoni says he has spoken to a number of players about staying on the international stage to help prepare the younger generation.
He said: "I can say the names, but I won't say the names. I am sure they need to stay with their families, I don't know.
"But I said two months ago, it is important for us that these senior players help also the young to gain new experience. That's life, it is not only football."
The young are usually arrogant or shy and the senior players help them grow. That is life, it is not only football.
He added: "When you do your job well - until now, I think they have played well for our country, and we must have a reason.
"In your job, when you get old, if they gave you a pension and say `Go` without respect, what would you think?
"It's not loyalty only, it's correct. We asked them yesterday for a good performance and we played very well. We played at the same level as Italy.
"We need a reason to change it on the pitch. [Aiden] McGeady played well, [Kevin] Doyle played well, also Robbie.
"It's not loyalty, it's respect because they helped us to achieve qualification and we must give them the honour of playing.
"You are not sure that if you make changes, the result will be any different. It's 50-50. When you are sure, you can change, but only after the 90 minutes can you be sure that the change is good.
"Until now is has been good, and I can't just turn the page and forget about it. It's not professional, it is not correct."
This was the Republic's first major tournament for a decade and their first Euro finals since 1988.