Robbie Keane has advised his Republic of Ireland team mates that they need to relax ahead of leaving for Montecanti in Italy, for a pre-Euro 2012 training camp.
Training has by all accounts gone well for the Boys in Green, but Keane has warned against peaking too soon: ”It’s important that the players stay relaxed up until that first game against Croatia. We can’t get too tensed up….If you are too hyped up and too desperate, you end up doing something stupid.”
The Tallaght native spoke before boarding the plane to Italy: “I mentioned before we played Estonia [in the Euro 2012 play-off] how relaxed the players were. As a player, me personally, I think the more relaxed you go into a game, actually the better you play. That’s always been the case with me.
The mood has been very relaxed, but saying that, the intensity in training in football terms has been brilliant.” Spirits were high as the squad departed from Dublin Airport on Sunday with jokes and smiles aplenty. John O’Shea, Kevin Foley and Shay Given remain injury concerns, although the Aston Villa goalkeeper appears to be the least pressing of them, but Trapattoni’s men emerged from Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina with far more more positives than negatives. Richard Dunne recovered from an abdominal tear to keep Manchester City star Edin Dzek in his pocket. On an attacking front; Aiden McGeady responded to the challenge laid down to him by James McClean to put in a man of the match second half performance against a Bosnian side who it has to be said looked as if they wanted to be on holidays.