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World Cup new focus for Trapattoni


Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni will take the lessons of a dismal Euro 2012 campaign into the quest for World Cup qualification.

Far from considering his own position after seeing his Ireland side fail to collect a single point from their three Group C games, the 73-year-old Italian is already plotting a route to Brazil in two years' time.

Trapattoni and his players flew back to Dublin on Tuesday as the post-mortem got into full swing, but before leaving Poznan, the scene of Monday night's 2-0 defeat by his native Italy, the veteran manager remained defiant.

He said: "When you cry always about what happened, I think you grow. In your life, you are a student and you have a responsibility to grow.

"I don't cry about what happened yesterday. I have the will for revenge immediately and I know we have these players and we have the possibility to show we are not the team that finished last in the Euros.

"Obviously, we have a tough (World Cup qualifying) group - Sweden, Germany, Austria, who are all at the top of the rankings. But Spain were top, Italy were third, then there's Russia, Holland, Denmark, Poland....

"I am proud to achieve this qualification with this team, with our country. I am not just interested because I am paid for this job. We are proud to be here. Two years ago, maybe without France, we would have also been at the World Cup.

"We started a new job with these two campaigns and we have achieved 50 per cent of our aim by qualifying for the Euros.

"We must defend our jobs because it is true, this, what we have done. It is here. Anything else is words and words fly.

"We have done this."