Trapattoni sends Dunne into action

Click to follow
The Independent Football

The Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, having spent the week saying that Shay Given, John O'Shea, Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger would not play against Bosnia-Herzegovina today, yesterday named both Dunne and St Ledger in his starting XI.

The Italian said: "Today, I was happy after training. Before training, I said they must be very, very responsible because there was no reason to run the risk with them. But after a longer warm-up this morning, and after I had spoken with them about being responsible, they confirmed to me that they are available and they looked very well in the training game."

The manager has given the Sunderland winger James McClean a first chance to impress from the start, though Aiden McGeady will replace him at some point.

Trapattoni said: "I expect from him what I think he can do and what I know he can do. I have given him a test because it's the first time he will play with Robbie [Keane] and [Kevin] Doyle.

"During the first few days, he was a little bit shy – that's usual in a young player in his situation. I have seen him many times for his club and I know he can do well."