Euro 2012: Ireland boss Trapattoni defends Foley decision

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni calls for an end to the debate over his decision to exclude Kevin Foley

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Giovanni Trapattoni submitted his 23-man squad to Uefa on Tuesday Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he is “no idiot” after the Republic of Ireland manager was forced to defend his decision to include Paul McShane in his Euro 2012 squad at the expense of Kevin Foley.

The 27-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was omitted from Trapattoni’s 23-man travelling party to the European championship, with the Ireland boss citing McShane’s ability to provide cover at centre-half as the main reason behind his decision.

Foley, who had been struggling with a groin injury, reacted angrily to missing out on a place in the squad, adding that he felt “betrayed” by the 73-year-old boss, who had reportedly promised to give the full-back a chance to prove his fitness.

Trapattoni, who fine-tuned his squad on Tuesday, insisted that players were always going to be left disappointed.

“I have already explained to you why I chose between two players with different characteristics. I don’t have anything else to add,” he told RTE.

“We speak about the training. We speak about what we can do again. The team is happy and play well.

“I don’t wish to speak again about this situation. Finished. Finished. Finished.

“You have to think that 50km from here there is another national team [Italy]. They have 32 players. Think about the nine players that go back.

“It [the situation] is gone. We have a responsibility to the team and with the country. We are professional, not idiot. Not idiot.

“To decide one or two or four is the same. They would all be disappointed. I already explained to you in Italy many years ago that seven go home and seven were disappointed.

“We need one position, maybe another position. Maybe another striker or a winger. It is the same situation. I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I really don’t want to talk about this.”

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