Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has given the broadest indication yet that Sunderland starlet James McClean will be included in the Irish squad for the European Championship.
Trapattoni is set to name his squad on Monday week with McClean name very much on everyone lips yet again when he scored his fifth goal of the in the Premier League for Sunderland in their draw with Bolton yesterday.
Speaking in Mullingar, Westmeath yesterday following a trip to Croagh Patrick, the Italian suggested that the former Derry winger would make the travelling party.
“In my head, I know my 23 players,” he said. “McClean has a 90 to 99 per cent chance of going to Poland. Of the rest, I cannot say too much. Some may pick up an injury.”
Despite not being at the Stadium of Light, Trapattoni was aware of McClean latest headline grabbing finish
“McClean plays with a bit of luck,” he explained to the Irish times. “Sometimes he doesn’t play well but gets the opportunity to score a goal..
“So when he plays not very well but he still has this opportunity. And that is important. Some managers think about these lucky players. But I don’t think about him because he is lucky. But because he wants to make the squad.”
There was further good news for Trap yesterday when Richard Dunne returned to the Aston Villa line up following a shoulder injury.
The 32 year old helped Alex McLeish’s side to a clean sheet and more importantly a crucial point in their battle against relegation.