Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni's thoughts have already begun turning to the future just 24 hours after his side returned home following their elimination from UEFA EURO 2012.
The 73-year-old has indicated that he will change both his system and his personnel for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins for Ireland in Kazakhstan in September. Among those likely to be promoted from the squad to the starting line-up are James McClean, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy. Among those he is hoping to persuade to stay on are Damien Duff, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Robbie Keane, all of whom have hinted they may retire.
Trapattoni said: "There are many names out there who we could use. We have three, four, five – McClean, for example, James McCarthy is another, and he would allow us to change the system. Now we can try another system because I need to know they can play in this system."
After Monday night's 2-0 defeat against Italy, 'Trap' revealed that "one or two" players had spoken to him about their international futures but he remains hopeful they can be persuaded to continue their international careers. Trapattoni said: "It is important for us that these senior players help the young [ones] to gain new experience.
The young are usually arrogant or shy and the senior players help them grow. That is life, it is not only football."
©UEFA.com 1998-2017. All rights reserved.