James McClean has once again missed out on a starting berth in an Irish international lineup as Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting XI for Tuesday’s friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage (kick-off 7:30pm).
McClean was reprimanded by Trapattoni for his expletive laden Tweet following Ireland’s game against Kazakhtstan on Friday night with Trapattoni stating that the Derryman was “lucky” to still be involved in the setup. There are many who would argue that the Italian is the lucky one to still be involved in the Irish setup.
Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy is the only starter from the last gasp 2-1 win in Astana to retain his starting place.
Irish Under 21 and Manchester United star Robbie Brady has been named in the senior starting lineup for the first time. The 20 year-old Dubliner scored against Hungary last Thursday as the Irish Under 21s were defeated 2-1, thus ending their hopes of qualifying for next year’s European Championships.
Cork man David Meyler will also earn his first cap for the Republic’s senior team. The former Cork City star has endured a terrible time with injury having twice ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the space of eight months a couple of seasons ago.
The Republic of Ireland team in full is as follows:
David Forde; Séamus Coleman, Paul McShane, Stephen Kelly, Marc Wilson; Robbie Brady, David Meyler, James McCarthy; Andy Keogh, Shane Long, Kevin Doyle (C).