Ireland players slammed McClean for Twitter outburst, says Doyle

Former Cork City striker will skipper his country for the second time and admits that McClean's comments have brought him closer to the group
Stand-in skipper Kevin Doyle admits that James McClean's Twitter comments in the wake of Ireland's 2-1 win in Kazakhstan were "unacceptable" but insists that the issue has now been put to bed.

Doyle states that McClean has been on the receiving end of some good-natured ribbing since voicing his displeasure at failing to play any part in the victory and says that the episode has helped endear the 23-year-old to the rest of the squad.

"We found out about it straight away," Doyle said at Ireland's pre-match press conference for the friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage on Tuesday. "We said it to him straight away that it's not acceptable.

"He knew that, he realised. Within minutes he tried to delete it and he's shut down his Twitter. He's massively apologetic.

"We ended up the next day joking about it. It's been fine. It's probably got him integrated into the group a bit more because we've all been taking the piss out of him.

"We get on with it. We feel sorry for him, he's apologised.

"When you're in bad humour after a game, it's probably best you switch your phone off."

Doyle will captain the side in the absence of Robbie Keane and says that leading his country out for the second time mean a lot.

"It's a privilege and an honour. I'll lead by example and I'd like to do it a few more times."

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