Trapattoni points to Giggs in defence of Ireland’s McGeady
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni defends Aiden McGeady's form following Roy Keane's criticism of the winger
Giovanni Trapattoni has defended the inclusion of Aiden McGeady and Paul Green in his Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012 ahead of their final warm-up game against Hungary next week.
Former Ireland captain Roy Keane questioned McGeady’s form for the national side last week, but the Spartak Moscow winger was impressive in the second half of their 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday.
Trapattoni backed McGeady, and the former Italy manager used Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs as an example of how a player can “evolve” throughout a long career.
“For me, the first thing is that maybe they don’t follow the Russian league,” Trapattoni told the Irish Times.
“And secondly, I played the football, and I wish to ask them: did they always play well? From the moment that they were born, did they play beautifully in every game?
“They did so for their whole careers? I don’t feel the need to answer to these ex-players.
“Ryan Giggs, at the age of 20, was a different player to what he is now. There is the evolution of players.”
Trapattoni’s inclusion of free agent Paul Green – the midfielder rejected a contract offer from Derby County in May – has attracted much criticism, but the Italian believes the 29-year-old can play a vital role after being called up to replace the injured Keith Fahey.
“Paul Green is a particular type of player,” he added. “I know you [the media] don’t like him because you only like the players who [mimed playing the violin to suggest more creative types] but in every team there is an example of this type: Italy have Gennaro Gattuso. Teams need players with mentality, not just play-makers.
“Green can do this – stop others playing – and that is important for us. He has this quality and against Spain it is what I need maybe.
“But we will see what happens against Croatia because until then I cannot be sure what we will need against Spain.”