Giovanni Trapattoni hinted last week that there was a player who might not be going to Euro 2012 for personal reasons.
That player is James McCarthy as he has not even been included on the stand by list for the Euros. McCarthy’s father was diagnosed with cancer last week and the 21 year-old is said to want to spend time with him.
Trapattoni named three goalkeepers, seven defenders, eight midfielders and five forwards in the 23 strong squad.
Trapattoni said that he would make sure to use the entire squad in the upcoming friendlies (against Bosnia on 26th May and Hungary on 4th June).
Trapattoni was asked if he had considered other options around James McCarthy, who wants to be with his sick father, such as going to Poland in early June or going over for games. Trapattoni replied by stating that McCarthy felt that psychologically he would not be right but that the Glaswegian would be important to Ireland in the future. McCarthy made clear his commitment to the Ireland cause in a statement and hoped Irish fans would understand his reasons for seeking omission.
Having spoken previously about Toto Schillachi, Trapattoni said James McClean could make a similar impact on the Irish set up, as the Italian famously did back in 1990, coming into the set up despite almost zero previous senior international experience. Trapattoni had regularly stated that ”The players who got us to the Euros would be the ones that will play at the finals.” The Italian has been forced to backtrack on that however, due to a public outcry and the young Derry man’s outstanding form for Sunderland having burst onto the Premier League scene back in January.
Trapattoni said he did not think Seán St. Ledger’s fitness would be a problem, despite having missed some fixtures towards the end of the club season. St. Ledger has been a mainstay in Trapattoni’s Ireland squad and would be expected to partner Richard Dunne at center half in Euro 2012.
Trapattoni was asked about one of the players that was expected to be on the fringes of the squad; Wesley Hoolahan, an attacking midfielder in good form in the Premier League this season and he was one of those reputed to be ”for the future” as Trapattoni has previously discussed. Trapattoni replied that Hoolahan is now 29 and that he had been watched (as stated before) and that he knew that Hoolahan had scored over the weekend but that he could get a chance in future campaigns.
Trapattoni has named his squad in plenty of time as he has until the end of the month to finalize the final 23. Of the other 15 nations at Euro 2012, only Poland have named their squad for the campaign.