ALL THINGS IRELAND: RICHARD DUNNE AGREES TO STAY ON WITH IRELAND
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Monday, September 17, 2012

RICHARD DUNNE AGREES TO STAY ON WITH IRELAND

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Ireland defender Richard Dunne is to backbone the World Cup qualification bid after answering Giovanni Trapattoni’s SOS.
 
Trap met the Aston Villa star in England on Saturday in a bid to persuade him not to quit international football.
 
The big Dubliner is vital to the team’s World Cup campaign after the retirement of goalkeeper Shay Given and winger Damien Duff.
 
Trap feared that Dunne would follow suit after the player said his future was unsure after the Euro 2012 disappointment in Poland.
 
But the talks in Birmingham were described as positive with Dunne keen to carry on for at least another two years.
 
An FAI statement confirmed: “Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli held a positive meeting with Richard Dunne.
"Richard reconfirmed that he will be available again for international duty once he makes a full recovery."
 
The 33-year-old expects to be fit again in time for the visit of Germany to Dublin in October.
 
Great news as Darren O'Dea and Sean St Ledger need more time to gel as a partnership and Dunne is a colossus at the heart of the Irish defence.


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