Trapattoni hints at late overhaul of Ireland team

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Shay Given and John O'Shea proved their fitness ahead of Euro 2012 as the Republic of Ireland extended their unbeaten run to 14 games with a 0-0 draw against Hungary in Budapest last night.

Given excelled on his return from a knee injury before making a half-time exit, while O'Shea was given the full 90 minutes to prepare him for Sunday's opening Group C fixture against Croatia in Poznan.

However, the Ireland coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, was far from happy with his team's display and hinted he may ditch the 4-4-2 formation that has served him well during his four years in charge. "We have been a bit lucky because in the first half, the opponent deserved to score a minimum of two goals," Trapattoni said. "When we meet a team with one striker, I know that between two lines, we are in difficulty. To have a balance, we have to give up one striker or put one more in midfield."