MAC CAN CRACK IT WITH IRE­LAND

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By BREN­DAN MCLOUGH­LIN

JAMES MCCLEAN’S in­ter­na­tional claims have been backed by Sun­der­land man­ager Martin O’neill.

Mcclean has made a huge im­pact in his first 11 games for the Black Cats.

And the winger is now in with a shout at a call-up by Repub­lic of Ire­land boss Giovanni Tra­p­at­toni for this month’s friendly against the Czech Repub­lic.

And O’neill is cer­tain that Mcclean is ready for a chance to prove he can do a job in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships this sum­mer. The Sun­der­land boss said: “James wouldn’t have a prob­lem with a call-up.

“I can un­der­stand Tra­p­at­toni be­ing very loyal to a group of play­ers he’s worked with for last two years, but he should have a se­ri­ous look at James.

“It seems those play­ers will be the first on the list, but I’m not sure you can ig­nore Mcclean. He’s done fan­tas­ti­cally well and it’s hope­fully not a flash in the pan – I don’t think it is.”

IM­PACT: Mcclean

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