Derry's McClean earns Euro 2012 place

Published Monday, 07 May 2012
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Derry-born winger James McClean has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2012 finals.

Derry's McClean earns Euro 2012 place
Derry-born midfielder James McClean, in action for Sunderland. (© Getty)

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed his side on Monday afternoon.

McClean's recent performances for club side Sunderland have earned him his spot, despite the 23-year-old having previously only been capped once at senior level as a substitute.

Fellow Derryman Darron Gibson also features in the Republic side.

Wigan's James McCarthy has withdrawn after his father was diagnosed with cancer.

"I have discussed this with the manager - he was very understanding and I thank him sincerely for that," McCarthy said, in a statement issued by the FAI.

"I take this opportunity to re-affirm my complete commitment to playing for the Republic of Ireland. It is a huge honour and source of great pride for me and my family.

"Despite not being present, I would like to wish the manager and my team-mates every success at the tournament and hope that Irish fans can understand the reason for my decision at this difficult time."

Republic Squad

Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall); John O'Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O'Dea (Leeds), Kevin Foley (Wolves); Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Keith Andrews (West Brom), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), James McClean (Sunderland); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke).

Stand-by: Darren Randolph (Motherwell), Paul McShane (Crystal Palace), Paul Green (Unattached), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Andy Keogh (Millwall).

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Comments Comments
stephen in portadown wrote (991 days ago):
2 ulster men in the united nations team for the euros well done !!!!1
Sympathetic in Coleraine wrote (993 days ago):
I remember James McCarthy when he played for Hamilton Accies and he was always a brave player who gave 100%. I send my best wishes to James McCarthy's father at this difficult time. God bless James and I pray that he can find the strength to support his Dad who I hope can overcome this terrible illness.
mark in derry wrote (993 days ago):
Two Derry men in Ireland Squad.Both a credit to their families.Good luck to both.
n.i.nemesis in derry wrote (993 days ago):
Not one but two in fact with Gibson going as well. It'll be interesting to see how the local mainly unionist media handle this tournament final, as their own wee team failed to get anywhere near the finals.
paul in Derry wrote (993 days ago):
Great to see a Derry being represented on the national team.
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