Richard: I'm not Dunne yet
Published: August 25, 2012
The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed on Saturday that defender Richard Dunne will not be retiring from international football.
The injured Aston Villa man, who has been linked with a move to Stoke City recently, met with Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli in Birmingham before Villa's game with Everton.
Yesterday, at a press conference to announce his squad for the upcoming games against Kazakhstan and Oman, Trap said he was 'confident' of Dunne remaining with the team.
It comes as a welcome boost after Damien Duff announced his retirement yesterday, following on from Shay Given also calling it a day.
An official statement from the FAI read: "Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli held a positive meeting with Richard Dunne today. Richard reconfirmed that he will be available again for international duty once he makes a full recovery."
Alan Smith has been writing for ExtraTime since 2008. He works as a full-time journalist based in Cork, working as a sub-editor for TCM and freelancing for a range of national titles. Follow him on twitter @alansmith90.