The Italian manager defended his selection of older players, insisting: “When you do your job well – until now, I think they have played well for our country, and we must have a reason.
“In your job, when you get old, if they gave you a pension and say. `Go` without respect, what would you think?
“It’s not loyalty only, it’s correct. We asked them yesterday for a good performance and we played very well. We played at the same level as Italy.
“We need a reason to change it on the pitch. [Aiden] McGeady played well, [Kevin] Doyle played well, also Robbie.
“It’s not loyalty, it’s respect because they helped us to achieve qualification and we must give them the honour of playing.
“You are not sure that if you make changes, the result will be any different. It’s 50-50. When you are sure, you can change, but only after the 90 minutes can you be sure that the change is good.
“Until now is has been good, and I can’t just turn the page and forget about it. It’s not professional, it is not correct.”
Shay Given has said he will talk to his family and new Villa manager Paul Lambert before deciding on his future.
But Trap has made it clear he wants some senior players to stay on.
He said: “I can say the names, but I won’t say the names. I am sure they need to stay with their families, I don’t know.
“But I said two months ago, it is important for us that these senior players help also the young to gain new experience. That’s life, it is not only football.
“The young are usually arrogant or shy and the senior players help them grow. That is life, it is not only football.”
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