Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says players were ‘impotent’ at European Championship
Gaffer tried to blame players for team's embarrassment
Keane also dismissed all talk of disharmony within the group or problems with Ireland’s preparations.
He stated, “Everything has been fine. There are no excuses. We can stand here and say this, that and the other, but we couldn’t have prepared as well as we have.
“We can’t be making excuses. We have been beaten by teams that are superior and it’s as simple as that.”
As regards his own future, Keane said, “It’s not really the right time to be even talking about it to come back. The whole squad has come back off a tournament that we are all disappointed in so it wouldn’t be the right time.
“It’s not whether I’m making my mind up or not saying anything and carrying on. Who knows? I’m not really thinking about it to be honest. We’ll just leave it at that.”
Andrews Takes Blame
Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews admitted he let the country down when he was sent off with just minutes remaining of Monday night’s final Euro 2012 game against Italy.
The midfielder, out of contract at West Brom and currently without a club, also admitted the team had sold the fans short in Poland after three straight defeats.
“We weren’t good enough, simple as that,” Andrews told reporters after he was sent off and then kicked a ball into the crowd petulantly in Poznan.
“It’s been bitterly disappointing. We said before the tournament we wanted to give a good account of ourselves and there was no point coming for the craic. We said that after we qualified against Estonia.
“To be perfectly frank, we simply weren’t good enough. We didn’t play as well as we could have.
“We played against some fantastic opposition but the bottom line is we weren’t good enough.”
Andrews also claimed that the Irish players know they didn’t play to anything like their potential at the Euros.
He added, “We weren’t at the races certainly in the first game against Croatia.
“The second game against Spain, we have got to hold our hands up. We were playing against a fantastic side. No matter how well you play you are probably going to lose.
“Against Italy we gave a better account of ourselves and put it to them a little bit more. We showed a bit more fight that you are used to seeing from us, but again we fell that little bit short.”
The former Blackburn midfielder also issued a plea to Ireland’s senior players to stay around for the start of the World Cup campaign in September as the likes of Shay Given, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane consider their future.
“The manager, I’m sure, will get a group together for the friendly in August going into the qualifiers in September,” he said.
“The lads have got so much quality about them. They have been fantastic servants. You see Damien Duff on Monday night with his 100th cap. They are absolute stalwarts of the team of the last ten or 12 years.
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