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Trapattoni backs Lippi in row with Sampdoria's Cassano

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has sided with Marcello Lippi over the Italy coach's overlooking of Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano.

Ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier, Trapattoni said: "A coach has the responsibility to create a team and use his ideas to do so.

"Football is a sport in which we need a concrete base and a strong system. It is not an individual's game, the balance of the squad must always be the main element to be taken into consideration."

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