James McClean makes Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad but James McCarthy out due to personal reasons

In-form Sunderland ace makes the cut for the Boys in Green as Giovanni Trapattoni names his 23-man squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine
Sunderland star James McClean has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 but James McCarthy will miss out after withdrawing from the squad for personal reasons.

The Italian veteran named his squad at 1530 BST and confirmed that McClean had made the final 23 after a stellar second half of the season with his club. However, Wigan's McCarthy will miss the tournament after his father was diagnosed with cancer and informed the national coach who told him he is in his plans for the future.

There were few surprises in the final squad with Stephen Hunt being included despite a recent injury scare. Trapattoni has named five players on standby including Everton's Seamus Coleman.

Trap told the assembled media: "We have a strong team with organisation and balance."

McClean's addition to the squad was hailed by Trapattoni who told reporters: "He has a good personality, he's young, he's strong, physically strong. He's improved, he's grown. I think he can give us energy. He scores goals, it's very important."

He added: "With three games, we need the players to fill in for Duff and McGeady, maybe in the second or third games. It will also help him for the future. He will be confident."

James McCarthy issued a statement, saying: "I have made the difficult decision to withdraw my name from selection for the Euro 2012 squad following the diagnosis of my father with cancer and on-going requirement for treatment. I have discussed this with the manager. He was very understanding and I thank him sincerely for that."

Giovanni Trapattoni told reporters that McCarthy had broken the news to him last week and said that the player had made the right decision.

"I prefer him to stay at home. Psychologically he's not ready," said the former 73-year old.

"In the future, he will be with us in the next campaign."

Ireland squad for friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina on May 26, Hungary on June 4 and Euro 2012:

Goalkeepers Club
David Forde Millwall
Shay Given Aston Villa
Keiren Westwood Sunderland
Richard Dunne Aston Villa
Kevin Foley Wolves
Stephen Kelly Fulham
Darren O'Dea Celtic
John O'Shea Sunderland
Sean St Ledger Leicester City
Stephen Ward Wolves
Keith Andrews West Bromwich Albion
Damien Duff Fulham
Keith Fahey Birmingham City
Darron Gibson Everton
Stephen Hunt Wolves
James McClean Sunderland
Aiden McGeady Spartak Moscow
Glenn Whelan Stoke City
Simon Cox West Bromwich Albion
Kevin Doyle Wolves
Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
Shane Long West Bromwich Albion
Jonathan Walters Stoke City

Standby list:

Seamus Coleman Everton
Paul Green Derby County
Andy Keogh Millwall
Paul McShane
Darren Randolph
Hull City