After coming on as a substitute early in the second half of the 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic; Paul Green looks to have made a late bid for inclusion in Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad, amazingly ahead of Messry James McCarthy, McLean and Coleman.
The Derby midfielder appears to be in favour with manager Giovanni Trapatonni in what is an unlikely state of affairs in a week when younger players were expected to be given their chance.
The Ireland manager has however stated that he will favour experience when selecting his final 23 man-squad for the European Championships and the line-up is set to be finalised before the next friendly against Bosnia on 26th May. This means that young guns won’t get an opportunity to force their way into the reckoning before that final squad announcement.
Green was only a late call-up for the friendly with the Czechs and was brought on ahead of McCarthy and McLean with Trapatonni admitting that age was a factor.
“For this tournament he (McCarthy) is too young. The same with McLean. I’m not going to put a player like him (McCarthy) on if we are in trouble,” – said the manager.`
Green is ahead of the others in Trapatonni’s plans as the manager looks for back up for Whelan and Andrews. Green replaced Whelan against the Czechs and the 28 year-old looks most likely to be the Stoke man’s deputy at the Euros. With strikers Cox and Foley also capable of playing out wide, the prospects of McLean, McCarthy and Coleman look remote.