State of Play: Tough Love Means End of the Road for McShane and Skilbane

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has named the Irish team for the friendly with Argentina and raised the eyebrows of many (Kenny Cunningham especially) with the inclusion of Paul McShane and Kevin Kilbane as fullbacks.

Perhaps the manager is more ill than we thought as many had felt the international days of Kilbane were virtually over while McShane continues to bear the brunt of Irish fans’ criticism.

Perhaps with the raft of withdrawals, Trap felt he had to name a strong team to maintain confidence going into the crucial Euro qualifiers. However, this was his last chance to blood players before the commencement of the new campaign and he has failed to name any notable new players, except Keith Fahy and Paul Green. Fahy takes his place in the starting line-up in place of last minute withdrawal Liam Lawrence while Green impressed in the RDS.

With Kevin Doyle also a doubt, Ireland look painfully short up front. Although Anthony Stokes and Cillian Sheridan are on standby for promotion from the U21 squad. Stokes bagged a brace in a man-of-the-match display against Estonia tonight.

So, are we to believe that this is a one-off selection to try gain a positive result by sticking with experience?

Unfortunately there is no place for sentiment ahead of Ireland’s new kick-off.

Mick McCarthy reinvented the squad by controversially dropping Aldo and Paul McGrath early in his tenure.

We’re sick to the back teeth of not qualifying and if loyal but limited servants have to be sacrificed for the greater good, then so be it.

Thanks for the memories Killer. McShane can prove the doubters wrong by earning his place in the side, but first that means a spell on the bench.

Time for tough love from Trap.

First posted, August 2010

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