McShane ‘won’t let anyone down’: Dunne
MANCHESTER CITY captain Richard Dunne has taken time out of his busy schedule this week to reserve some praise for his Republic of Ireland colleague and Kilpedder man Paul McShane.
McShane, who is currently on a season long loan at the Premier League’s surprise package Hull City, is expected to start alongside Dunne in defence for tonight’s World Cup Qualifier against Cyprus and Dunne has spoken most kindly of the former St. David’s student.
‘I can’t really understand Hull’s form to be honest, it’s been unreal and is absolutely brilliant for Paul.
‘He took a lot of stick last year playing for Sunderland but anytime he played for Ireland he’s always been a good player as he tries so hard.
‘He’s 100% committed in what he does. He won’t let anyone down. He’s very game, he’ll do well and you see that in his performances.’
McShane is favourite to start tonight due to an injury to first choice right back Steve Finnan, who got injured playing for his new club Espanyol, while Stephen Kelly is also in the treatment room at the moment and that has paved the way for the former Manchester United and West Brom man to return to the starting fold.
Having made his debut against the Czech Republic under Steve Staunton in a man of the match display, McShane’s stock has fallen somewhat in recent times but new Ireland boss Trappattoni seems to have a fondness for the young man and handed him a starting role in his side’s first two friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.
A big performance tonight is essential for McShane if he is to be considered a first choice player for the Republic, because if not the return of injured players will see him once again drop down the pecking order.