“The FAI have committed to playing Spain in New York and we must go. It’s about respect, and respect for the Irish people who want to see these players. They’re paying for tickets but not to see the second team”
“When I was a player I never turned down these opportunities. Players need rest as they’ve played many games but it’s also important to see on the list the famous names like Dunne, O’Shea and McCarthy. Our players must understand that it’s only for three days”
– Giovanni Trapattoni will take a dim view of cry-offs for Ireland’s trip to New York.