IN-FORM NORWICH trio Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington and Marc Tierney are still in contention to make the Euro 2012 squad, according to to Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli.
Of the trio, only Wes Hoolahan has been capped at international level, and last played for the team in a friendly in 2008 against Colombia.
Their absence from recent squads have led Trapattoni’s critics to suggest that he does not possess sufficient knowledge of the players, however Tardelli has refuted such claims, telling the Norwich Evening News:
“The Norwich team they are good players also Pilkington and Tierney is a good player.’
“I know him (Hoolahan) from two or three years ago when we arrived in Ireland. He is a good player, good quality, a skillful player and I think now more experienced than three years ago.”
“He can play in midfield but he can also play as the second striker. He sometimes plays in this position for Norwich which I think is good.”
Tardelli indicated they may even be called up for the team’s upcoming friendly in February:
“We follow all players and we decide, Giovanni decides, when will be the right moment.
“Maybe it is possible they could play in the friendly, but I cannot say for sure. They know that we follow them, if they play everything is possible.”
Ireland qualified for the European Championships for the first time in 24 years earlier this month, beating Estonia 5-1 on aggregate.