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Given impressed by boss

Given impressed by boss
Given impressed by boss.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has been impressed with the impact manager Giovanni Trapattoni has had on the squad.

The 69-year-old Italian will lead Ireland into their third World Cup qualifier against Cyprus at Croke Park on Wednesday evening defending an unbeaten five-game run which has given his players the confidence to seek revenge against a country which has proved a thorn in the side in recent times.

Given said: "With his [Trapattoni's] experience, the amount of stuff he's done in the game, you have ultimate respect for him as soon he walks in that door."

He added: "What he's done in the game is phenomenal, and it's a great coup for us to have him as our manager.

"It's given the team a lift, and we have had a good start to the campaign as well."

And Given is determined to right the wrongs of a 5-2 defeat in Cyprus and a 1-1 draw in Dublin which put paid to Ireland's chances of qualifying for the finals of Euro 2008.

He said: "Okay, we didn't qualify in the last campaign, but you learn a lot from disappointments and games you haven't won sometimes.

"Now it's a year down the line and these players are a bit older, have played a bit more football and have gained that bit more experience."

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