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Trapattoni bemused by Stokes’ decision to withdraw


Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapatton, the Republic of Ireland manager, has joined in the criticism of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes after his decision to withdraw from the squad because of tiredness.

On Sunday, assistant manager, Marco Tardelli, voiced his surprise and disappointment at the 22-year-old’s withdrawal and yesterday his fellow Italian expressed bemusement when asked why Stokes had made himself unavailable for all four forthcoming international fixtures.

The Republic play Northern Ireland tonight and Scotland on Sunday in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin before a Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia and a friendly with Italy.

Trapattoni said: “I spoke with our doctor this morning about this.

“Young players have a fun job. It is not a job like the working man's. It is not a difficult job.

“For me it is an 11-month holiday. I played 70 games every season — national, championship, Europe.

“It is unbelievable, so we must educate our players.

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“We are lucky and we have to enjoy playing football. It is a fine life.

“Injuries are injuries, but they should visit our doctor. That is the rule.

"If they are asked by the national team they must go.

“If they are in hospital or they are dead, that is okay, but if there is an injury they should see our doctor.”

Trapattoni insisted, however, that he would still consider former Sunderland player Stokes for selection in future.

“I don't forget any players, ever,” he said.

Trapattoni has also lost defender Richard Dunne, Ciaran Clark and Caleb Folan from his original squad while Manchester United pair John O'Shea and Darron Gibson will not join up until after the Champions League final on Saturday and Shane Long and Kevin Kilbane are preparing for play-off finals with Reading and Huddersfield respectively.

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