Trap to decide between Lawrence and McGeady

Trap to decide between Lawrence and McGeady

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed ten of his starting team ...
13th Nov 2009


Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed ten of his starting team for Saturday's World Cup play-off first-leg against France at Croke Park.



One final decision has yet to made on whether Liam Lawrence or Aiden McGeady lines up on the flank.


Trap insisted that whichever of the pair is left out, they may be required as an impact substitute in the second half of the highly-anticipated showdown.



Otherwise, the team has a familiar look about it with Shay Given winning his 101st cap in goal behind a defence consisting of John O'Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Richard Dunne and Kevin Kilbane. The central midfield pairing remains as Glenn Whelan and Keith Andrews, with Damien Duff overcoming last week's injury to take his place on one of the wings. Captain Robbie Keane will be partnered in attack by Kevin Doyle.



"In the past few days we said many words and things about this game," explained the manager before his side's final training session on the eve of the first leg. "Now we must move from words to actions and put into practice what we have said



"I saw the 2006 (World Cup qualification) games between the teams played in Dublin and Pairs. My opinion is that Ireland could have got results in those games to achieve qualification but (Thierry) Henry scored a beautiful goal.



"This match will be for us a new opportunity. The last time against France we had players like Shay (Given), (John) O'Shea, Robbie (Keane) and (Damien) but, for the new players, the young, it's another great opportunity. We can think about our mentality and we must be proud when we achieve this qualification.



"We need same team spirit, same performance and the attitude like the qualifiers - but we have to add something more. Every player must in the 180 minutes add something more to his performance.



"We will avoid nervousness because, in my experience, many players can lose their cool in important games. We need to avoid the little, dangerous situations because we have (the second leg) game in Paris



"We have to keep cool head and continue to play like we've done until now. Only with this mentality can we play with balance against France."



Ireland team v France (14/Nov/09): Given (Manchester City); O'Shea (Manchester United), St. Ledger (Middlesbrough), Dunne (Aston Villa), Kilbane (Hull City); Lawrence (Stoke City)/McGeady (Celtic), Whelan (Stoke City), Andrews (Blackburn Rovers), Duff (Fulham); Doyle (Wolves), Keane (Tottenham Hotspur) - captain.