Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni excited to take on old friend Roy Hodgson
England v Republic of Ireland
8pm, Wednesday 29 May 2013
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Giovanni Trapattoni says he is relishing Wednesday night’s clash at Wembley – and looking forward to taking on his old friend.
Ireland face Roy Hodgson’s England team and the Italian says that he has been waiting to take part in this fixture for years.
“I have always wanted to play against England. I am happy to have this opportunity now that the team is lead by a good friend of mine, Roy Hodgson.
“The match will be a big test – psychologically and physically. The majority of my players play against them in the English leagues and from this they know their strengths and weaknesses.
“This Ireland team is solid and it has balance, but not all our players play in the Premier League, unlike with England.
“In football there are no 100 per cent certainties; we want a good result and to play a good match in this fantastic stadium [here at Wembley]."
Meanwhile, fresh from a hat-trick in Los Angeles yesterday and a long overnight flight, Ireland captain Robbie Keane said he could not wait to take part in the match.
“It’s always good to play against players that you have played against a lot but they will know me as well as I will know them. I’m certainly looking forward to it.
“Hopefully it will be a great game for everyone to see and hopefully we can come out on top.”
Trapattoni also took the step of revealing his starting eleven for Wembley encounter.
Republic of Ireland team to face England: Forde, Coleman, O' Shea, St Ledger, Kelly, Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Long.