McClean left out of Trap's squad
JAMES McCLEAN'S Euro 2012 hopes suffered a blow today when the in-form Sunderland man failed to make the squad for Ireland's friendly against the Czech Republic later this month.
The 22-year-old McClean (left) is one of the most exciting young players in England's Premier League at the moment, scoring three goals in 12 games for Martin O'Neill's side.
It was expected that his form would be rewarded with a call-up to the senior squad for the Dublin clash with the Czech Republic on February 29.
O'Neill this week backed McClean's bid to win promotion to the Republic's squad for the first time and it's understood that FIFA have cleared the paperwork necessary for McClean to play for the Republic following a spell with the Northern Ireland U21s.
But McClean's name was not on the list when Giovanni Trapattoni named his squad for the Czech game at a press conference in Waterford this morning, a decision which will baffle Irish fans and McClean himself.
McClean last week told the Herald that he was ready to wait in his bid to play international football.
"I'm happy to be patient and wait for the call. If I get the call it will be a dream come true to represent Ireland," he said.
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