Thursday 14 December 2017

Trap calls up McClean

SUNDERLAND'S in-form winger James McClean today finally got the nod from Giovanni Trapattoni for the friendly against the Czech Republic next week.

Trapattoni caused a storm of controversy two weeks ago when he named a 24-man squad for the February 29th friendly against the Czechs but could not find a place for McClean, who has now clocked up 14 first-team appearances for Sunderland under Martin O'Neill.

But this morning Trapattoni decided to hand the 22-year-old a call-up for the friendly and McClean will now link up with his new team-mates in the Ireland squad next Sunday to prepare for the clash with the Czechs.

“Absolutely buzzin’ and honoured to be called up to represent my country . . . best feeling there is,” was McClean’s reaction on twitter after heading the news.

Trapattoni also awarded a recall to Derby County's Paul Green. The midfielder started the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign in the Ireland midfield, playing in the first four games of the group stage, but a serious knee injury ended his run in the Irish side and Green's last cap came against Uruguay 11 months ago.

The Irish boss last week added Everton's Shane Duffy to the squad in place of the injured Richard Dunne.

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