McClean gets Ireland call-up for upcoming friendly

20 February 2012 02:46

Sunderland winger James McClean was on Monday called up by Euro 2012 finalists Republic of Ireland for next week's friendly with the Czech Republic.

The 22-year-old former Derry City player, who has been in fine form for the Black Cats since being given his chance by manager Martin O'Neill, has been drafted in along with Derby midfielder Paul Green.

McClean, born in Londonderry, has been given clearance by FIFA to play for the Republic in preference to his native Northern Ireland.

Ireland squad for February 29 friendly against Czech Republic at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Aston Villa/ENG), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland/ENG), David Forde (Millwall/ENG)

Defenders: John O'Shea (Sunderland/ENG), Stephen Kelly (Fulham/ENG), Stephen Ward (Wolves/ENG), Shane Duffy (Everton/ENG), Sean St Ledger (Leicester/ENG), Darren O'Dea (Leeds/ENG), Kevin Foley (Wolves/ENG)

Midfielders: Glenn Whelan (Stoke/ENG), James McCarthy (Wigan/ENG), Seamus Coleman (Everton/ENG), Keith Andrews (West Brom/ENG), Keith Fahey (Birmingham/ENG), Darron Gibson (Everton/ENG), Damien Duff (Fulham/ENG), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow/RUS), James McClean (Sunderland/ENG), Paul Green (Derby County/ENG), Stephen Hunt (Wolves/ENG)

Forwards: Robbie Keane (Aston Villa/ENG), Kevin Doyle (Wolves/ENG), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Brom/ENG), Jon Walters (Stoke/ENG)

Source: AFP