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Giovanni Trapattoni hints that McClean & McCarthy could yet make Ireland's Euro 2012 squad
The Ireland boss was speaking from Ireland's warm-up camp in Italy and he also touched on the international prospects of Wes Hoolahan as well as the fitness of Richard DunneGiovanni Trapattoni says that his Ireland Euro 2012 squad has not yet been finalised and there is still a chance for fringe players to earn themselves a seat on the plane to Poland.
James McClean, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman have been touted as possible inclusions in Ireland's travelling party but Trapattoni had previously stated that he would stick by those involved in the qualification process.
However, the recent form of McClean and McCarthy in particular have prompted the 73-year-old to think again about their Euro 2012 chances.
If the young players do ultimately miss out for the summer finals, Trapattoni would nonetheless be ready to bring them in for the 2014 World Cup campaign.
"I have two or three decisions to make," Trapattoni said in Montecatini, Tuscany.
"McCarthy, Coleman, players like that. I have to make a decision. And I do not forget them for the next campaign, for the World Cup. But we have to decide the best for now.
"I said that it was important to give a chance to the players who helped us achieve qualification, but I also said it was important to leave one or two spaces for the new group, the next generation, and sure there is a possibility for players like this."
Trapattoni also spoke about Richard Dunne, Ireland's talismanic central defender who has been injured since February. Dunne fractured a clavicle in a Premier League match against Manchester City and has received treatment at Aston Villa's NFL affiliate Cleveland Browns.
Despite his lack of recent game time, Trapattoni is confident that Dunne will be fine to compete against Croatia on June 10.
"The recovery from his operation is going well," he said. "Once they [injured players] come in with us in May, they will be fine after three or four days. It's better they are fresh for us."
Ireland have played with a rigid 4-4-2 formation throughout Trapattoni's reign as Ireland manager and the veteran Italian has suggested that he may be ready to reconsider the shape of his team with the inclusions of the likes of Norwich's Wes Hoolahan. Previously, the former Shelbourne playmaker did not meet the required specifications for a Trapattoni lineup.
"When I called him up first the team was too small. We had players like Wes and Andy Reid, they were too little. But Hoolahan, I have spoken to Marco about him, he has been fantastic."
"He (Hoolahan) is not a young player. He's 30, and he played well in the last game I saw, in a specialist position behind the strikers.
"I have thought about him and we will consider this option. We have a system and maybe it's too late to change that system. Maybe he will be there for the next campaign for the World Cup."
The former Juventus manager also touched on the facilities the Irish side will utilise before completing their journey to Poland.
"The climate is fantastic. Not too hot and not too cold. It's a beautiful place for our players to come and see and I'm sure they will have a good time.
"We're here to work but they will be able to see the city. We will have two training sessions a day. It's all about hard work now. The pitch and training ground is fantastic. We'll have no problems here."
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