Trap wants 'yes' or 'no,' not no-show

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI had a word for the players who failed to turn up following the Republic of Ireland's latest 2-0 victory over Italy in Liege.

Goals from Keith Andrews and Simon Cox gave the understrength Irish side their fourth successive victory. It again proved the managerial qualities of the veteran Italian.

But he is still not pleased with the way some players, notably James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Marc Wilson failed to show for recent matches. Now he intends delivering ultimatums regarding future outings.

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"It will be like this. I will send them a text, and I will say 'Do you want to come with us, yes or no?' They must be clear about it."

Given Ireland's recent form, Trapattoni is in a strong position. There could be few complaints following their effort in overcoming Italy in a friendly.

Once again, it was the mixture of some dogged defending and the ability to make the best use of their chances. Darren O'Dea was outstanding in the centre of the defence, while Stephen Hunt again enchanced his reputation up front.

Midfielder Andrews also took his 36th minute goal really well, sending a crisp shot into the corner. The second goal in the 90th minute, against clearly shocked opposition, came after Hunt had made a good run down the left wing.

His well judged low cross was met at the far post by substitute Cox. Despite the absence of Robbie Keane, John O'Shea and Aidan McGeady, the Irish team coped remarkably well. It was only their second ever victory over the Italians, the first coming at the Giants Stadium in the 1994 World Cup.