No regrets and no surprises from Trap

Tue, Jun 19, 2012, 01:00

Soccer:The morning after another desperately bad night for Irish football, Giovanni Trapattoni was again sticking to his guns regarding his team selection for the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Italy as the side bowed out of the Euro 2012 finals without so much as a point to their names.

Defeats to Croatia (3-1), Spain (4-0) and now Italy represented Ireland’s worst performance at a major finals by some stretch but the Italian was adamant this morning that the players on the pitch were the right ones for the job at hand.

The Ireland manager has come in for increasing criticism for his refusal to adhere from a rigid tactical straight-jacket and, perhaps more pertinently, a stubborn loyalty to the men that got Ireland to these finals.

Goalkeeper Shay Given, 36, and 31-year-old skipper Robbie Keane, the nation’s two most-capped players, were two of the old guard unable to reproduce their best form in Poland and Ukraine but Trapattoni was in no mood to admit he may have got it wrong with his selections.