Sunderland’s James McClean in Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland squad
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni includes James McClean in his squad of upcoming World Cup qualifiers
Giovanni Trapattoni has included James McClean in his 23-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands in October.
The Ireland manager reprimanded McClean earlier this month after the Sunderland winger expressed his displeasure on Twitter at not featuring in their 2-1 victory over Kazahkstan.
Trapattoni’s men will face Group C leaders Germany at the Aviva Stadium on the 12 October – the Irish managed a goalless draw against the three-time World Cup winners in Euro 2008 qualifying after a 1-0 loss in Stuttgart.
And the 73-year-old manager is hoping the home support can inspire the Men in Green to a positive result against Joachim Löw’s men in Dublin.
“As we face these important games, we will hope to build on the three points we gained in Kazakhstan,” said Trapattoni.
“Our first game against Germany will be a difficult challenge and the home support will play an important part. We must also remember that we have two matches, and we will be focussing on every detail to pick up points on our journey to qualification for Brazil.”
Ireland, who lost their three games at Euro 2012, will face their former manager Brian Kerr when they travel to Torshavn on 16 October to take on the Faroe Islands.
Republic of Ireland squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers
Keiren Westwood, David Forde, Darren Randolph; Marc Wilson, John O’Shea, Sean St Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Stephen Ward, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane; Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Seamus Coleman, Aiden McGeady, Andy Keogh, James McClean; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Simon Cox, Jon Walters.