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Trap: I'm confident we can reach Rio

GIOVANNI Trapattoni still believes that he can save his job by leading Ireland to the World Cup finals.

The Irish boss, who turns 74 next week, has named a 29-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria in two weeks' time, but once again there's no place for the in-form Everton midfielder Darron Gibson, who has maintained his stance of making himself unavailable for international duty.

Earlier this week, Trap's confidant Liam Brady admitted that Trap would not stay in his post if he failed to lead the Republic to Brazil in 2014 and even admitted that Trapattoni could be under pressure if the next two games go badly.

But a defiant Trap insists he's up for the road to Rio. "I believe," he said with that vital game in Sweden in mind.

"It's possible to win, every game we can win. I believe in qualification, only Germany are up. We have no great injuries and we have new players who are getting experience and confidence.

"My enthusiasm and my attitude are reinvigorated by the new players. We think about Sammon, Hoolahan, Hendrick. We changed and we looked for the attitude in the last friendly game. We have this new situation to give belief to our squad."

Joey O'Brien, Marc Wilson and the uncapped Anthony Piklington were the ones smiling after they received word of their call-ups but there's no place in the panel for Andy Keogh, David Meyler, Stephen Henderson and Greg Cunningham who were all axed, while injury has ruled out Richard Dunne and Keith Andrews.

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