Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says Sunderland’s James McClean is lucky to still be in his squad
Sunderland star James McClean is lucky his international career before it’s really started, according to Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
The 23-year-old took to Twitter to vent his anger at being left on the bench during Ireland’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday evening.
He claimed the decision not to use him was a “f****n* joke”.
Trapattoni was not impressed and gave him a dressing down in front of the squad. And he implied that McClean would be out of his plans completely were it not for the Republic’s limited resources of top-flight players.
The Italian said: “Another manager, English or German, would have said take your bag and go home, but I might need him in the game to score a goal.
“He was mortified (when he was pulled up in front of the squad). If he could have, he would have eaten his words. He was very apologetic.
“I said to everyone this is not about respect for the manager, this is about respect for everyone. I said the players are your colleagues.
“If I don’t play him, I can play others. There was Stephen Kelly and Kevin Doyle on the bench. They have many caps.
“The matter is closed now. With the young we need to have patience. Sometimes they say things they regret.”