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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Austria boss is fuming

 

Austria coach Marcel Koller
Austria coach Marcel Koller

Austria's camp is not a happy one ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier in Dublin as their manager has blasted a player who misses the game because he's getting married.

Suspensions will deprive Austria of two of their key players for the June 11 tie in Dublin, a game which the Austrians cannot afford to lose if they to have even a slim chance of staying in the race for Russia 2018, with Marko Arnautovic and Stefan Ilsanker missing due to bans.

Coach Marcel Koller had hoped to call up Red Bull Salzburg defender Andreas Ulmer, but it's been reported that the full back won't be involved due to his wedding, causing upset to boss Koller.

"This is not the attitude to have, I cannot understand that. People knew for a long time that his game was going to take place," said Koller.

"If you are on call, you have to be ready. If someone is injured, they can't be at the pool in Mauritius," Koller added, going on to criticise the attitude of players in relation to the national team.

"Things are difficult for normal people but footballers are always well looked-after, they should think about what they want."

Austria have four uncapped players in the squad to face Ireland with another batch of players who have only one senior cap.

Austria, who assemble next week, are off the pace in Group D, four points behind Ireland and Serbia, and a loss in Dublin would effectively end their hopes and also finish off Koller's time as coach of the national team.

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