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Trapattoni surprised by Italy snub for Sampdoria's Cassano

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni admits surprise over the continued Italy snub handed to Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano.

"He gave me great satisfaction. When I was Italy Coach he was clearly the most talented young Italian," Trapattoni said ahead of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against the Azzurri.

"Cassano is someone who scored a lot and created plenty of assists with me. Sure, I understand Lippi has made other choices. He has created another group and I don't want to interfere."

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