Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ireland v Gibraltar

Saturday, 11 October 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

Last Game

Georgia 1 - 2 Rep Ireland

Sunday, 07 September 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

Trap: Believe in yourselves

Giovanni Trapattoni hopes his Republic of Ireland players will show belief in themselves in their potentially decisive World Cup qualifying double-header.

Last Updated: 03/09/13 at 15:05 Post Comment

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni

Ireland are fourth in Group C heading into matches against second-placed Austria and Sweden, who sit in third, with all three teams on 11 points.

It is the Swedes up first at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, and Trapattoni knows by the time they come home from a trip to Vienna four days later he will have a good idea of their qualifying fate.

"These two games for us will be very, very important. I have said to the players, we must have trust and believe in our possibilities," he said.

"We have four very, very important days, but we must believe. We are the same in the table. We could be ahead of Austria in second place.

"We are the same in the table and only with our mentality and attitude and belief can we achieve this.

"After the last game against Austria, I could have been angry, but in the dressing room I was not angry because I must give them trust and confidence.

"It was a silly mistake. I spoke with the players who lost the ball before we conceded the goal, but I have to give them confidence because with the young, you must give them trust and also advice."

Trapattoni has called Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham into his squad as cover with Stephen Kelly having withdrawn for family reasons and Marc Wilson struggling with an ankle problem.

Richard Dunne, Robbie Brady and Shane Long were spared training on Monday to rest some aching muscles and James McCarthy is yet to join the squad amid rumours of a move to Everton.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property