Whelan hints at disquiet over tactics


REACTION:GLENN WHELAN came as close any Irish player has in some time to questioning the tactics of manager Giovanni Trapattoni in the wake of last night’s crushing defeat and – with one group game still to play – elimination from these European Championships.

The Stoke City midfielder had, like most of his team-mates, endured a torrid night at the hands of Torres and co.

He readily admitted that they contributed a good deal to their own downfall with a succession errors – many of which were forced – aiding the Spanish effort but, he insisted, the task of holding the world champions at bay in midfield was not made any easier by the manager’s insistence on broadly sticking with his rigid tactical approach.