Trapattoni has desire - Tardelli

  • Last Updated: September 3 2012, 21:25 BST

Marco Tardelli insists Giovanni Trapattoni has not lost any of his desire to lead the Republic of Ireland despite the criticism that came his way following the country's dreadful Euro 2012 campaign.

Giovanni Trapattoni: Still driven to lead the Republic

The Republic headed to Poland on the back of a 14-match unbeaten run but their European Championship campaign ended in failure as they lost all three of their matches and scored just one goal.

The poor performances led some to question Trapattoni's place at the head of the team, and his leadership suffered another blow last week when it emerged that Darron Gibson had rejected a call-up for this Friday's World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan - a game he would have probably started in light of an injury to midfielder Paul Green and the suspension of Keith Andrews.

Yet Tardelli, who has been in Trappatoni's backroom staff ever since the 73-year-old took over in 2008, thinks the Republic head coach is as determined as ever to prove his doubters wrong.

"Giovanni wants to work always every day. He is full of enthusiasm, just like he was the first time I met him," Tardelli said.

"I don't understand why Giovanni is (being criticised).. because he achieved good results."

Questions have been asked whether Gibson, who has impressed since moving to Everton, will make himself available for the Republic while Trapattoni is in charge, but Marc Wilson is sure the midfielder will not prolong his exile from the international scene.

"I know Darron quite well. I think he will be back again," Wilson said.

"I hope he does because he is a good player and I think he could be really good for the team.

"I could see why he would be disappointed (that he didn't play at Euro 2012).

"He is a good player, but the manager selects the team and you have to respect his decision and just get on with it."

Sunderland duo Keiren Westwood and James McClean should start training with the rest of the squad today after missing yesterday's session with mild colds.