McShane ‘won’t let any­one down’: Dunne

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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.

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