Trapattoni - I make the rules
Giovanni Trapattoni has no issue with his Ireland squad drinking, providing they abide by his rules.
Last Updated: 22/03/11 11:10pm
Giovanni Trapattoni has no issue with his Republic of Ireland squad drinking, providing they abide by his rules.
The extra-curricular habits of today's footballers have hit the headlines again of late, with Aston Villa pair Richard Dunne and James Collins feeling the need to apologise for a much-publicised, and alcohol-fuelled, outburst.
Newcastle striker Leon Best was forced to follow their lead on Monday after he was pictured, along with two team-mates, at a Tyneside club the night before a game, although he was not due to play.
Both Dunne and Best have been included in the Ireland squad to face Macedonia in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday and a friendly against Uruguay 29th March.
Trapattoni insists their involvement was never in doubt, with it acceptable for players to let their hair down every once in a while providing they know their limits.
When asked about Dunne, he said: "I am not worried about this. Players in England are under a lot of pressure, not just Richard Dunne.
"It's normal, but it's important also that it is one day drinking and six days not drinking. Everything in moderation.
"I don't mind if they go for a couple of drinks because they have got to let off some steam. If they have a couple of drinks in moderation, I don't mind.
"I have seen no problem [with Dunne]. I only look at what he does when he is with us."
Trapattioni has, however, been quick to point out that his word is final when it comes to drinking while on international duty.
He said: "Rules are rules. After a game, I allow them to have one or two drinks - but when I say finish, it's finished. When I say it's time to go to bed, it's time to go to bed.
"It's normal. In Italy, we drink wine. We are not in prison and it's better that I allow them than forbid them and then they run off and do it behind my back.
"But at the same time, we have to trust them, we can't be with them all the time. We can't go to bed with them.
"It's being professional, we need them to be responsible."
Trapattoni has also backed Keiren Westwood to step up to the mark on Saturday, with the Coventry goalkeeper set to figure in his first competitive fixture for Ireland.
He said: said: "They are not babies, they are not kids, that's not a problem. Either he has the personality or he doesn't. I am sure, I trust him."