Giovanni Trapattoni says that any changes made to the Republic of Ireland team must be made with caution as the young players in the squad, “lack experience.”
After naming a side with only minimal changes to that which competed in the European Championships for tonight’s opening World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan Trap said a stable side is crucial for a successful campaign.
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy is given a debut competitive start alongside Glenn Whelan as Keith Andrews is suspended and elsewhere the only changes are forced, due to the retirement of Shay Given and Damien Duff, and the injury to Richard Dunne.
“We need to change the team but slowly,” he told the Irish Times. “The young players are strong but they lack experience. It is important, though, that we have Robbie [Keane], John [O’Shea] and Glenn [Whelan], one, two, three players in important positions help us.”
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