Do Boo Boys Bother Me? Don't Make Me LAUGH; SOCCER SWEDEN V IRELAND, FRIDAY, 7.45PM; GREEN: THE ONLY PERSON I AM WORRIED ABOUT IMPRESSING IS IRELAND MANAGER

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Do Boo Boys Bother Me? Don't Make Me LAUGH; SOCCER SWEDEN V IRELAND, FRIDAY, 7.45PM; GREEN: THE ONLY PERSON I AM WORRIED ABOUT IMPRESSING IS IRELAND MANAGER


Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR irishsport@mirror.co.uk

PAUL GREEN has told Ireland's boo boys: Your taunts don't bother me.

The Leeds United midfielder only has eyes for impressing Giovanni Trapattoni and says he won't be knocked by criticism from fans or media.

Green has endured a rollercoaster ride since making his Republic of Ireland debut against Algeria at the RDS in 2009.

He was catapulted straight into the team for the start of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and played the first four games before rupturing his cruciate ligament.

But the English-born midfielder was seen by many as a weak link in the side - yet Trapattoni kept faith with him and, once fit again, handed him a late call-up to the European finals.

Green even got on against Spain and that could well have irked Darron Gibson who was selected in the original 23-man squad but never kicked a ball.

Gibson decided to walk out on the squad after the finals and despite Trapattoni's recent attempts, has shown no willingness to end that self-imposed exile.

When Gibson declined a call-up for the recent Poland friendly after David Meyler got injured, Green was Trapattoni's (right) go-to guy at the 11th hour.

He came on in the second-half of that February game and caught the eye when steadying the ship and the Irish boss rewarded him with a call-up for the Sweden game on merit.

And if yesterday's training session in Malahide is anything to go by, Green could be the man that Trapattoni askes to shackle Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Stockholm.

At the weekend, the Italian floated the idea but claimed Green wouldn't start but could come off the bench as a third midfielder to sit on the PSG striker if he was running riot. …

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