Seamus Coleman believes that his omission from Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland squad for Euro 2012 has made him "stronger".
The Everton full back watched Ireland's 4-0 defeat against Spain at home in Donegal, but admitted that he would have liked to be involved in the squad. "Obviously I felt I should have been there. There'd be something wrong with you if you didn't think you should have been there," he told reporters.
"Every player wants to be. But the manager had players he had to pick and I wasn't playing in the position I'm playing in now, at full-back, which I think went against me a bit.
"But it's made me stronger and I'm looking forward to playing many more times for Ireland."
However, despite his Euro 2012 disappointment, the 24-year-old has since asserted his place in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans and is in line to start against the reigning world and European champions on Tuesday, June 11 at Yankee Stadium in New York. And the defender revealed that he is keen to pit his wits against the best players in the world
"The lads who played against them last summer always talk about how good they were," he said. "At the end of your career, you want to say you've played against the very best players."
Meanwhile, Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey expressed his delight at receiving his first senior international call-up.
The 21-year-old Monaghan native, who has been a regular in Noel King's under-21 squad, was drafted into the Ireland squad by Giovanni Trapattoni after Keiren Westwood was forced to withdraw through injury.
"It is a dream come true, and it's one of those situations where, if it goes well, there might be another opportunity coming along in the future," he said.