Trapattoni: It’s Kraut of order to use crocks as an excuse
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v GERMANY Group C – Friday, 7.45pm
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI won’t add insult to injury by using his crocks as an excuse for a bad performance against Germany.
Ireland fans might be asked to bring their boots for Friday’s World Cup showdown with the Krauts as the Republic’s list of walking wounded heads towards double figures.
A tough test against the former world and European champions has been made even stiffer by a raft of major withdrawals to hit the squad.
Forget the luck of the Irish, Trap must have trodden on a black cat while walking under a ladder as he faces up to being without half-a-dozen of his big names.
Sean St Ledger, Glenn Whelan, James McClean, Kevin Doyle, Darron Gibson and Richard Dunne are all missing from the squad with knocks.
But there will be no sob stories from the hardline Italian about his lack of numbers.
The 73-year-old insists he’ll just get on with it and make the best of a bad hand against the Group C favourites.
He said: “We don’t need any excuses.
“Whoever I send out there on the pitch must go out and give me 100 per cent.
“I need 11 players who will run themselves into the ground.
“Injuries are just something that we have to deal with. We’re missing five or six players but I’m confident about the quality we have to step in and replace them.
“The biggest loss to us is probably Glenn Whelan because we don’t really INJURED: James McClean have anyone else who plays in his exact position.”
The losses won’t be so keenly felt for Tuesday’s trip to the Faroe Islands as Trap weighs up his options.
Wigan’s James McCarthy and Sunderland midfielder David Meyler are set to come in alongside Bolton’s Keith Andrews.
The Ireland coach added: “We have Keith and also James McCarthy and Keith Fahey.
“David Meyler could also be important against a powerful opponent like Germany.
“The players I have all have different qualities to bring to the side.”
Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark and Man United’s Robbie Brady are also set to figure in Dublin after late call-ups.