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Trapattoni tells squad to dream of World Cup

Updated: Friday, 31 May 2013 13:13 | Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni: 'We can have a dream to qualify for Brazil.'
Giovanni Trapattoni: 'We can have a dream to qualify for Brazil.'

Giovanni Trapattoni has told the Ireland players they can dream of World Cup qualification after holding England at Wembley.

Ireland are in fourth place in Group C, level on points with Austria and Sweden ahead of them, and face a major challenge to overhaul the pair in the race for second place behind runaway leaders Germany in what remains of qualification.

However, having seen his side go to Wembley and take the lead against England before surviving a late assault, Trapattoni is confident a very different team to the one which failed so miserably at last summer's Euro 2012 finals can have a bright future.

Trapattoni said last night, as Ireland began looking ahead to Sunday's friendly against Georgia: "I gave them my congratulations, not for the result but for how we started the game and how they interpreted the game with very, very good personality.

"I said also with this group, with the changes we have made and the new players we have in the squad and in the team, we can have a dream to qualify for Brazil.

"Obviously, we have tough games - Sweden, Austria, Germany - but without injuries, without our usual situation in Ireland, where players play very many games...

"Also we have two or three scans without problems, but two or three players are with the doctor having checks because they have inflammation.

"But I am optimistic, the doctor is confident we will have no problems and Georgia will be another opportunity."

Trapattoni's optimism is based on the introduction of a series of young players to his starting line-up, with 24-year-old Everton full-back Seamus Coleman turning in a fine individual display in London.

Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, 22, also contributed, while it was West Brom striker Shane Long, a relative veteran at 26, who scored Ireland's goal in a 1-1 draw.

"It's good to be shy, but when you are not playing, it's not good to be shy." - Trapattoni

Trapattoni said: "Not only Coleman, it's the same with James McCarthy.

"I said this many times in the past about [Darron] Gibson - when these young players play, they are conscious.

"They can play also in the Premier League and the Championship against famous teams and they improve in personality and improve also in attitude, improve their self-belief.

"I am happy because I have confirmed what I believed. I played football when I was 20 years old, and after 24 it was in the national team.

"I was very different, I had more personality and I had learned my football. When you are on the bench and not playing, you are not sure.

"It's good to be shy, but when you are not playing, it's not good to be shy."

For all Trapattoni has been happy to place his trust in youth since the Euros, he also knows the importance of experience and has confirmed that 33-year-old defender Richard Dunne is likely to end a year-long injury nightmare by making his first appearance of the season in Sunday's friendly against Georgia.

"Whether it's better to start or better to play when later in the game, we will have to decide," Trapattoni said. "We will speak with him, but sure he has the possibility to play."

Live radio coverage of Republic of Ireland v Georgia on Sunday Sport from 14.00 on Sunday 2 June on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie. Televised highlights from 20:30 on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (RoI only)

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