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Ireland's record goalscorer says that Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to give the team a break from training was entirely straightforward

Robbie Keane has hit out at the media over the level of scrutiny on Ireland's day off during the week.

Upon the team's arrival at the Polish training base in Gdynia, Aiden McGeady had suggested that the players were slightly jaded in the wake of the 0-0 draw against Hungary, while Keith Andrews stated that the team was in need of a break in order to lift their spirits.

Giovanni Trapattoni responded by cancelling training on Wednesday, as well as the squad's media commitments.

But the Ireland captain expressed frustration about the topic, reminding the media of the Italian tactician's vast experience and expertise in football.

"I'm growing tired of this line of questioning," Keane told the Irish Independent. "You ask me the same question in different ways and if I answer it differently then you'll have a story."

He added: "When you've been in the game as long as Giovanni Trapattoni has been, you know when players need to be rested.

"With any club side, there would be a midweek rest day before a game at the weekend," said the 31-year-old. "The decision he made was entirely normal and understandable."

Ireland's Group C game against Croatia in Poznan on Sunday June 10 will be officiated by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers.

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