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The Ireland boss accepts an apology from the Sunderland winger after he took to Twitter to air his dismay at being left on the bench in Friday's win over Kazakhstan

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has accepted an apology from midfielder James McClean for his recent Twitter outburst.

The Sunderland wideman posted a foul-mouthed message expressing his frustration at remaining on the substitutes' bench in Ireland's 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday.

However, the winger subsequently issued a full apology and deleted his account, and the Italian manager says that he has already moved on from the incident.

"We move on. There is no problem," the 73-year-old told reporters. "We spoke with him and the other players. He was very apologetic.

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"I always say to the players you must have a lot of patience. When you are young sometimes you say something you regret.

"I don't know if he will start against Oman. If he doesn't he may play the second half."

Trapattoni also fended off criticism from ex-Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr, who described the Italian's communication skills with his players as "farcical" and his team selection as "dodgy" in the Irish Times.

"Maybe Brian Kerr did not see the game of Germany in Kazakhstan," the Italian told reporters. "I saw the game, maybe if he saw the game he can understand why it was difficult.

"It was not easy there. It was difficult with the pitch. On this pitch Sweden and Germany will find it hard there."

Trapattoni also revealed that he is trying to persuade Damien Duff to come out of international retirement.

"We [will] invite him to the game," the manager added. "Maybe I can speak with him afterwards."

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