Sunderland winger James McClean has admitted that he was 'disappointed' not to play more games at Euro 2012, but said that he understood Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to stick with the tried and tested players.
Yesterday, the former Derry City player allegedly told the Sunday Mirror that he felt the Irish Euro 2012 effort was a 'shambles', but his comments today were less scathing.
“It was great to get my competitive debut against Spain,” the 23-year-old told the Irish Daily Star. “But on a personal level I was disappointed not to get more playing time.
“I always thought I would get a run-out at some stage. I was disappointed when I didn’t get the start against Spain. It was disappointing but understandable that he stuck with the players.”
Meanwhile another Derry-born player is said to be feeling let-down by Giovanni Trapattoni. Everton midfielder Darron Gibson was among some of the players who did not get any minutes on the pitch at Euro 2012.
According to the Derry Journal, a source close to Gibson said that while the midfielder enjoyed playing for his country, he was uncertain of his place in the squad.
“It’s not as if the team was winning games," the source told the Derry Journal. "He felt he could contribute but the shame was, he didn’t get a chance.
“Right now, Darron doesn’t know where he stands with [Giovanni] Trapattoni. He loves playing for Ireland but the manager doesn’t seem to believe in him.”
Ireland begin their qualification for the 2014 World Cup against Kazakhstan on September 7.