Giovanni Trapattoni names Ireland team to face Poland
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his Republic of Ireland starting eleven for Wednesday’s international friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Conor Sammon will make his Ireland debut up front, partnering Shane Long. Trapattoni told reporters of his administration for the Derby County striker. “We’ve seen him many times,” Trapattoni said. “He’s big and not just fast, but sensible and agile. Normally with big players, they don’t move so quickly. That’s my impression, at least.”
Sammon is the only debutant starting, but fellow Derby duo Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick are expected to come on in the second half, while Reading defender Alex Pearce should win his second cap. “Keogh, Pearce and Hendrick, we hope to see two or three new players in the second half,” Trapattoni said.
Trapattoni also responded to Ian Harte’s outburst on twitter claiming that the Italian boss didn’t know the Reading full-back was eligible, saying “We know about Ian but we looked for young players,” he said, referring to when he first took the job in 2008. “I know him and I saw many games. We had Kevin Kilbane, John [O’Shea] and since then we’ve had [Stephen] Ward and now Cunningham. It’s Twitter!”
Republic of Ireland team:
David Forde, Paul McShane, John O’Shea (capt), Ciaran Clark, Greg Cunningham; Robbie Brady, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, James McClean; Shane Long, Conor Sammon