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Trap backing McClean to make impact

Updated: Monday, 07 May 2012 17:56 | Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni with his Euro 2012 squad list at the Aviva Stadium
Giovanni Trapattoni with his Euro 2012 squad list at the Aviva Stadium

Giovanni Trapattoni believes James McClean can bring a new energy to the Republic of Ireland midfield after the Sunderland winger was named in his squad for Euro 2012 today.

The former Derry City player was included in the 23-man selection after a fairytale Premier League season following the move from the League of Ireland.

Trapattoni said: "At this moment McClean is playing well. He is young like the others. He has a good personality and is physically strong.

"He has improved. I saw him getting strong in the first games. Now he can score and has grown his personality. He can give us energy. He can be important in the second and third game in the group and he has the time in the future."

The Ireland manager said he had to respect the wishes of James McCarthy who withdrew his name for selection because his father had been diagnosed with cancer.

Trapattoni added that McCarthy told him in a telephone conversation that he didn’t feel in the right state of mind to make the trip to Poland this summer.

The 73-year-old feels the Wigan man has a role to play in the next World Cup qualifying campaign, as McCarthy hinted in his statement released earlier today, and that Ireland can cope without him in June.

Trapattoni stated: "We have two or three midfielders now. He is young, strong and has quality. He can grow and I am sure that he can develop to score more goals from midfield."

With speculation over the squad announcement at an end, the Ireland boss gave a frank assessment of his squad and feels he can bring even more out of the group of players.

“The three aims are to recognise our limits, work to improve them and to have the belief that we can achieve and to never give up.

“Let's not forget that we have arrived here through the team spirit and the collaboration of the players.

“We have no Messi, Ronaldo or other creative players. We have a strong team with organisation and good balance.

“It has not been easy to choose players for the squad because we have many good players who deserve to be here.

“Many other players deserve to be here because they allow us to qualify. I will not forget them.”

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