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Irish boss Trapattoni rejects accusation of being too loyal

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed suggestions that he was too loyal to his senior men during Ireland's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign. But Trapattoni said: "When you do your job well - until now, I think they have played well for our country, and we must have a reason. In your job, when you get old, if they gave you a pension and say. 'Go' without respect, what would you think? It's not loyalty only, it's correct."

He continued: "We asked them yesterday for a good performance and we played very well. We played at the same level as Italy. We need a reason to change it on the pitch. [Aiden] McGeady played well, [Kevin] Doyle played well, also Robbie (Keane).

"It's not loyalty, it's respect because they helped us to achieve qualification and we must give them the honour of playing. You are not sure that if you make changes, the result will be any different. It's 50-50. When you are sure, you can change, but only after the 90 minutes can you be sure that the change is good.

"Until now is has been good, and I can't just turn the page and forget about it. It's not professional, it is not correct."

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