Giovanni Trapattoni hints at Euro 2012 spot for James McClean

Sunderland starlet may be making the trip to Poland and Ukraine after all according to the Irish international manager
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has suggested that in-form Sunderland star James McClean could make his final squad for Euro 2012.

McClean was handed his debut by Il Trap against the Czech Republic and has been a key player for Martin O'Neill in the Mackems rise up the table.

"I have not decided if he can participate in the Euros or not. We regard him highly," the Italian veteran told the press at a workshop for coaches in Warsaw.

Trapattoni had previously suggested that he had practically picked the 23-man squad for this summer's finals. McClean's form has forced him to have a rethink.

"We follow him because he's young, his mentality is very strong. We've followed him for many, many games. I know him very well because of the last game," added the coach.

Irish international| McClean made his debut for the boys in green against Czech Republic

The former Juventus manager also pointed out that he had options for McClean's place such as Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady and Stephen Hunt.

McClean represented Northern Ireland at Under 21 level but opted to play for the Republic of Ireland instead. He was handed a standing ovation for his international debut for the boys in green when he made his came on as a substitute against the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium.