Ireland High in Spirit, Low in Style

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Ireland High in Spirit, Low in Style
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This was meant to be the night when everything came crashing down for the boys in green. Trapattoni certainly did his best to aid that implosion by criticising James McCarthy in his pre-match press conference and dropping Robbie Brady after originally naming him in the team. Questioning the mentality of players is something that managers normally do of the opposition, not their own team. But that is exactly what the 74-year-old did with Brady, who was eventually left out in favour of Jon Walters, while McCarthy was welcomed back into the team following an injury to Glenn Whelan.

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