Wednesday media watch [20.06.12 AM]: Dunne in the spotlight
Sun: Richard Dunne wants to forget about football after Ireland's crushing experience at Euro 2012. Ireland had waited 10 years to be back in a major tournament but were first to be knocked out of the championships.
Teamtalk: Shay Given is finding it tough to take any positives from a Euro 2012 campaign he expected to go much better for the Republic of Ireland.
Sporting Life: Shay Given has insisted the dust must be allowed to settle before an accurate assessment can be made on Republic of Ireland's European Championship flop.
Telegraph: Giovanni Trapattoni will urge Richard Dunne to abandon thoughts of international retirement following the Republic of Ireland's dismal Euro 2012 campaign after claiming that the Aston Villa defender is irreplaceable.
Guardian: The depth of the despair within the Republic of Ireland squad felt bottomless. Some of the players could not even summon the will to look forward, as they beat their retreat from Euro 2012 with no points. The subject of the future of the stalwarts was prominent and Richard Dunne reflected the mood. "I don't know that retirements would be a disaster," the defender said. "What difference can we make now … we've come and we're not good enough, so it might be time if people want to retire to let young players come through." Giovanni Trapattoni does not want to lose all of his experienced players at once.
Daily Mail: Giovanni Trapattoni has persuaded Richard Dunne to ditch international retirement and is prepared to offer him the Ireland captaincy. Current captain Robbie Keane is among three players on the verge of quitting the Ireland team following the debacle of Euro 2012, along with Damien Duff and Shay Given. But Trapattoni feels their positions can be covered by the younger generation of players who hardly got a run-out in Poland.
Sky Sports: West Ham are determined to begin their season with a win against Aston Villa at Upton Park, according to their skipper Kevin Nolan.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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