Saturday 16 December 2017

He's not Dunne yet: Trap

Richard Dunne. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Richard Dunne. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

RICHARD DUNNE has done enough to convince Giovanni Trapattoni that he is a viable option for Ireland's make-or-break World Cup qualifier against Sweden on September 6.

But Trapattoni hedged his bets and suggested that Dunne might not be ready for two international games in four days and could miss the trip to Vienna four days later.

"I saw him and he was well," he said. "He wasn't that busy during the game but it was clear that he is physically good and he can be ready for us and be important for us against these players like Sweden, strong and tall," Trapattoni added.

"He played already last week and I told you it would be necessary to play a few games after surgery. It was very important for him to start to play and see what condition he has."

Trapattoni gave a vote of confidence to Shane Long, who has been named as a possible target for both Roma and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

"Shane Long's qualities would be important for Italian club as he is fast and his attitude is important," Trap said.

Meanwhile, Andy Keogh today accused Trapattoni of showing a lack of "courtesy" over the manner of his exclusion from the Ireland squad.

"Not even in the provisional squad, gutted, oh well might get called in last minute. Not moaning bout bein left out jus gutted, lot of quality in the squad, maybe after Oman and NY a txt or phone call wud of been courteous !!" Keogh said on twitter this morning.

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