Giovanni Trapattoni is due to meet Richard Dunne to discuss the defender's international future in the wake of senior retirementsIreland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is set to talk to Richard Dunne about the defender's international future after the retirements of Irish veterans Shay Given and Damien Duff.
Trapattoni is expected to travel to Villa Park to watch Aston Villa play Everton and discuss the 32-year-old's plans. Dunne has previously indicated a desire to continue playing for Ireland, but Trapattoni is concerned that injuries and a change of club could make the defender consider his options.
"We ask to meet him," the manager said at yesterday's press conference. "We can speak together. We will have more information about his injury, his ideas. I will know better then but I am, again, confident about him.
"He said to me that Kazakhstan would be too soon for him but that maybe for Germany he could return. But the latest news is that he might move club and if he does that there is a new manager, new players, a new situation, it could be a problem.
“Tomorrow we will go to the game between Aston Villa and Everton and hopefully we will meet him,” he said. “Maybe we can get more information then about his future.”
Striker and captain Robbie Keane has told Trapattoni that he will remain in the Ireland fold, but the Italian is likely to allow the LA Galaxy player absent himself from friendlies due to the amount of travelling involved. "Without injury, Robbie will be here for the whole campaign," Trapattoni revealed. "‘I will always be ready for my country, always,’ Robbie said. For a friendly game it’s a long flight, and he’s very busy with his club. Also, it’s an opportunity for us to look at the other players."