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Internationals: McClean exclusion to continue



The headline news from a Sunderland perspective this week was Giovanni Trapattoni's insistence that James McClean would 'probably not' start in Ireland's next month against Germany.

McClean came off the bench last night to feature for the Republic as they beat Oman 4-1 at Craven Cottage, but Trapattoni admitted afterwords that he was not ready to end the Sunderland winger's international exile.

The former Derry winger was left on the bench as Ireland scraped to a less than convincing win in Kazakhstan at the weekend, prompting a Twitter outburst shortly before an apology was made via the same platform.

Speaking afterwords to The Independent, Trapottoni spoke of the McClean situation & why he was unlikely to pick the 23 year-old:

'Because I think about Aiden McGeady and others. Every manager must think about the strength of the opponents,' said Trapttoni.

'I am not angry with him.

'I never get angry with my players. I have coached 2,000 players in my career. I wouldn't be a manager if I got angry with my players and I don't watch Twitter.'

On the night McClean earned himself a 30 minute cameo, coming on for Ireland skipper Kevin Doyle on the hour.

Welcomed heartily onto the pitch, McClean impressed, forcing a tremendous save from the Oman 'keeper & coming close on another occasion.

There was better news for David Meyler however as the midfielder made his international debut, impressing in the centre of the park.

Black Cat's duo Keiren Westwood & John O'Shea were both left out as Trapattoni rotated the side, including Milwall goalkeeper David Forde between the sticks.

Midfielder David Vaughan continued his road to recovery as he came on as a substitute for Wales.

Chris Coleman's side succumbed to an embarrassing 6-1 victory at the hands of Serbia, their fifth straight defeat under the former Fulham and Coventry City boss.

They have at least now scored their first goal since he took over though!

Sebastian Larsson started for Sweden as they faced Kazakhstan, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 victory for the Swedes.

Simon Mignolet was once again an unused substitute as Thibault Courtouis continued between the sticks for the second match on the bounce, a 1-1 draw with Croatia.

In U21 action, Connor Wickham was on the scoresheet for England, scoring the only goal in 1-0 win over Norway.

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Danny Rose also started the match, a victory which sends Stuart Pearce's side through as group winners and into the 2013 European U21 Championships.

Rose earned the 'Man of the Match' award for his efforts down the left-hand side.

Finally young centre-back John Egan impressed as Ireland's U21's beat their Italian counterparts 4-2 on Monday evening.

Congratulations to all our internationals.

The Journalist

Writer: safc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 12 2012

Time: 11:32AM

 

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