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The veteran Italian tactician has spoken of the need to change the Irish team in order to cope with World Cup qualification

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he is seeking to freshen up the Irish team as they prepare to take on Greece at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday November 14 in an international friendly.

Speaking to reporters, Trapattoni spoke of the importance of new players such as Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy and Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan and said that the Boys in Green would play five midfielders in an attacking formation.

"We will play 4-4-1-1 but it will be offensive," he said. "We are looking to renew the team with young players like [James] McCarthy but we always follow [Wes Hoolahan] because he plays well in the team (Norwich City).

"Our system at the moment is that we play two strikers but he is a serious player and he deserves this opportunity," Trapattoni added.

The former Italy and Juventus manager suggested that McCarthy had the quality become Ireland's 'conductor' - the player in midfield that makes things happen - and that he would do so as he matured as a player.

"He can be the future," Trapattoni revealed. "There are sometimes shy people who need more time. When I speak with him, he goes red. But if he goes to an important team, his self-belief will grow.

"He needs to confirm what he can do; he can do 20 per cent, 30 per cent more on the ball. James has the quality to be our conductor. He plays simple, but always immediately," said the Ireland boss.

Continuing the theme of renewal, Trapattoni also suggested that the Irish defence would require refreshing, as injuries rule out veteran centre back Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger.

"Richard has had a long injury and it's a bit difficult to get back," he said. "We have to continue with the new, with [Sean] St Ledger and [Darren] O'Dea and [Ciaran] Clark. We need to have this evolution."

Meanwhile, the 73-year-old Italian tactician was forced to make a number of changes to his team, with Andy Keogh and Conor Clifford receiving call-ups after injury ruled out Aiden McGeady and Keith Fahey.

The team may yet see more changes, with James McClean, Darren O'Dea and John O'Shea all having scans.

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