Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says players were ‘impotent’ at European Championship


“I think sometimes in life you just have to hold your hands up and say we’ve been beaten by better teams.”

Keane also spoke of the disappointment within the Irish squad after their Euro effort ended with a third straight defeat, this time to the Italians on Monday.

He added, “We’re disappointed. We wanted to try and give something to the fans and the players to go home with.

“It is disappointing that we didn’t get something out of the game. It was a game that going in to it we knew we could get something out of it, but we were beaten again by two set-piece goals, which we haven’t been getting beaten in that department in a long time.

“I think we got in their faces a lot more. We knew from playing against Italy in previous games about getting into their faces and not give them much time and that was the case tonight.

“We played well in some parts but without again creating too many chances for ourselves. To get beaten from a corner from probably the smallest player on the pitch is disappointing.”

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.

“On a personal note, I’ve really enjoyed playing with them so hopefully they don’t quit, but it’s their decision.”