Giovanni Trapattoni warns he will not make too many changes for the Republic of Ireland’s last game, as otherwise “people will say I’m favouring Italy.”
The last Group C match is a must-win for the Azzurri, while the Irish are already eliminated following two defeats to Croatia and Spain.
“Against Italy I intend to field the players who earned and deserved this qualification to Euro 2012,” said Trap.
“If I were to make five or six changes to the line-up, then I’m sure that would raise suspicion and people will say I’m favouring Italy.”
It is the same situation that saw Italy knocked out by a 2-2 result between Denmark and Sweden in Euro 2004, when Trapattoni was at the helm.
“Considering all the focus on this issue, it looks to me like it won’t happen. There are many more eyes on the problem compared to 2004. Clearly it’s all possible, but I hope such a thing will not occur.”
The 73-year-old also assured he has no intention of resigning from the Republic of Ireland bench.
“After Euro 2012 there will certainly be changes in the starting line-up. I already have in mind some elements that can be introduced.”