Trap to give youth a chance
Giovanni Trapattoni has signalled his intention to take a look at some of the younger players in his squad.
Last Updated: 15/11/10 3:06pm
Giovanni Trapattoni has signalled his intention to take a look at some of the younger players in the Republic of Ireland squad.
The Italian has lost six of the men he initially selected for Wednesday's friendly against Norway, with Robbie Keane, Kevin Kilbane, Richard Dunne, Paul McShane and Caleb Folan all out injured and Darron Gibson deciding not to report with his daughter ill in hospital.
Sean St Ledger, Paul Green and Kevin Doyle are also considered doubtful and must undergo scans, leaving Trapattoni with limited resources.
Ciaran Clark was named in a revised squad on Friday afternoon, but damaged a calf in the warm-up before Aston Villa's 2-2 draw against Manchester United and has withdrawn.
Trapattoni is still looking to get as much as possible out of the game and plans to give an opportunity to a few of the inexperienced men at his disposal.
Everton defender Seamus Coleman, Greg Cunningham, who is currently on loan at Leicester from Manchester City, and Stoke striker Jon Walters are therefore set to figure, while Celtic's Darren O'Dea and Marc Wilson of Stoke could also get some time on the pitch.
"We are missing many injured players, but it is important in this friendly game to look at other young players," said Trapattoni.
"The likes of Coleman, Cunningham and Walters, it is very important for them and for us.
"The players, we know, but with us, they can increase in confidence and personality.
"It will be important in the future that these players are available to us."
Trapattoni maintains that it is important for the Republic to play well and get a good result, despite there being no points at stake.
He said: "I have said many times in the past, there is no such thing as a friendly game for the national team.
"When players play for their country, when they have that shirt on, they have pride, they must be proud because they are playing for their country."