Irish Star Left Out of World Cup Qualifier against Bulgaria
Ireland's coach Giovanni Trapattoni will not bank on the experience of one of his best footballers in the crucial forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria, it emerged on Monday.
The Italian has left Stephen Ireland out of the squad despite his good recent form.
The Manchester City midfielder has not played for his country since 2007 after admitting lying to then-coach Steve Staunton about both his grandmother dying in order to skip a European Championship qualifier.
Bulgaria is up against the Republic on 28 March.
"I have no doubt they will be invigorated by the appointment of their new manager, Stanimir Stoilov, and they will come to Croke Park looking for a win to kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaign," said Trapattoni, as cited by BBC.
"This game represents a real opportunity to open up a significant gap at the top of the table in Group Eight. For the next six months we will be playing away so strong support in this last home game until October will be vital. Every point gained will be valuable in the race to qualify for South Africa." he concluded.
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