Finnan to travel

Thursday 1 November 2001

Steve Finnan has ruled out the chance of a players' revolt wrecking thre Republic of Ireland's World Cup dream.

Mick McCarthy's men face a trip to Tehran in their two-legged play-off with Iran and while six Chelsea players refused to travel to Tel Aviv, the Republic do not foresee such problems.

Leeds Ian Harte is the only player to so far express concerns about the trip, but McCarthy does not envisage any problems and Finnan also expects the entire 24-man party to make the trip.

He said: "It was the Chelsea players' decision, and they were given their chance to go or not. I can understand that they've got families, and it was down to the players' opinion.

"They were given that chance, but I'm sure that won't happen with Ireland. It's `we all go or none go' - but it doesn't seem that there'll be a problem at all.

"Mick McCarthy's been out there and said he was treated fine and everything was okay. I'm sure all the players will trust him.

"We meet up on Sunday or Monday for the first game, at home next Saturday. We'll talk about it more when we meet up next week, but I'm sure there's not a problem for me or any other player to go."