Friday, February 6, 2009

Trapattoni emphasizes the importance of youth

In answer to a question put by One Team In Ireland, in an online question & answer session on the FAI website, Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has stressed the imporance of giving young up-and-coming internationals as much exposure as possible on the international stage.

One Team In Ireland asked: How important do you feel it is having 'B' internationals and should we be putting more impetus on our u21 side?

Trapattoni answered: "I feel both are very important for giving players exposure to the pressures of playing at international level. It helps them develop a maturity."

"Our recent B match against Nottingham Forrest was very useful and brought through players like Caleb Folan and Anthony Stokes. So they are definitely useful and we would do more but the availability of players outside of FIFA dates does make it difficult if clubs don’t want to release them."

"Overall though, for the creation of a team is very important that players get as much time as possible in the international set up, be it at under 21 level or at senior b level. Players all have different roles for their clubs. They need to have the time to put that aside and get used to the roles we expect them to play in the international set up."

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