Trapattoni confident of reaching the World Cup finals

The Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is confident they can reach next summer's World Cup finals.

The Republic, who await their play-off opponents, will face either France, Portugal, Russia or Greece.

He said: “This team can play against anyone if they have belief in our performance, our mentality and our plan.

“We can go into the play-offs feeling confident and with belief if we play as we did against Italy on Saturday.

“We must believe. We have built this team and we can do it.”