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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed that Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan will play at least 45 minutes of the friendly against Greece on November 14.
Trapattoni confirmed Hoolahan’s involvement at Wednesday’s squad announcement ahead of the friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
The Irish manager said: “He is experienced and we have followed him. He grows. With (James) McCarthy for example, I wish to see them on the pitch together. You will only find out on the pitch if someone is up to international level or not. It’s impossible to answer.
“We always follow him every game. We know he is beautiful but he plays in a position behind the striker. Our system until now, we tried this in the past with James (McClean) and it wasn’t positive as James is young, and we need offensive two strikers in our system.”