Euro 2012: Ireland v Croatia Tickets - Miejski Stadion Poznan, Poland

 

Robbie Keane, Ireland National Team

Euro 2012: Ireland v Croatia Tickets - Miejski Stadion Poznan, Poland

Ireland v Croatia Tickets EURO 2012 10 Jun 2012 20:45 Miejski Stadion Poznan, Poland

The Republic of Ireland boss confirmed that he intends to take five strikers to Poland and Ukraine.

Trapattoni will rely upon the experience of his senior players and that he will keep faith with the players who helped Ireland to qualify for their first major finals since the 2002 World Cup.

Midfielders Keith Fahey, Darron Gibson and Stephen Hunt are top choices along with back-up defenders Stephen Kelly, Kevin Foley and Darren O'Dea expected to travel. Richard Dunne, the talismanic central defender will play if fit.

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy/Aston Villa FC), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion FC), Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion FC), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City FC) are potentially on the striker list.

Trapattoni's instinct has long been not to meddle with the tried and trusted and, at this late stage, it feels unlikely that exciting young players such as McCarthy and McClean will make the cut from the standby group. The Republic's manager drew a typically colourful parallel to a ship with the wind in its sails that needed to maintain course.

"For this tournament, he's too young. The preference is experience. I hope we don't have injuries. The great squad is this, said Trapattoni regarding McCarthy and McClean.

"When I saw the tremendous reaction from the crowd to McClean coming on, I thought: 'Is Messi or Maradona or Pelé coming on?' I'm only joking. I know what happens with the people and it's good for him. There is enthusiasm. But McGeady, Duff.  They deserve respect. Go slowly, slowly."

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Aston Villa FC), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland AFC), David Forde (Millwall FC).

Defenders: John O'Shea (Sunderland AFC), Stephen Kelly (Fulham FC), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa FC), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City FC), Darren O'Dea (Leeds United AFC), Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).

Midfielders: Glenn Whelan (Stoke City FC), James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic FC), Seamus Coleman (Everton FC), Keith Andrews (West Bromwich Albion FC), Keith Fahey (Birmingham City FC), Darron Gibson (Everton FC), Damien Duff (Fulham FC), Aiden McGeady (FC Spartak Moskva), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy/Aston Villa FC), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion FC), Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion FC), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City FC).

*Keiren Westwood and Stephen Kelly have withdrawn. Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth FC), James McClean (Sunderland AFC) and Paul Green (Derby County FC) have been added.

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