Ball in McClean's court to step out from the wings with Aviva show

Paul Hyland

GIOVANNI Trapattoni will ask James McClean to go out and do what he does best when Ireland take on Bosnia at the Aviva Stadium today.

McClean may be one for the future, but Trapattoni seems to be expecting a bit of a show from the one wild card in his squad.

"I expect from him what I think he can do; what I know he can do. I give him trust because it's his first time playing with Robbie and Kevin Doyle and he can be confident with them," said Trap.

"It is important he is with us and gains confidence within the team. On the first day he was a little bit shy and this is normal. But I know he can do well. He can give us a lot in the future.


"This is the last chance we will have that will allow us to evaluate the players, their fitness level and physical condition.

"I will use all seven subs in order to be able to evaluate everyone's fitness.

"I would like to reach a good balance and bring everyone to the same level. They must not be disappointed if they only play the first half or the second half.

"It is my duty, to get a good level, balance and condition. I'm sure they understood me very well. In 14 days we have four very important games starting with Hungary then Croatia, Spain and Italy.

"It will be important for us to have every one of the 23 players in good shape."


Trapattoni was happy to free both Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger to play, despite the fact that both had injury scares during the week.

"I was happy after the training. Before we started, I said to them that they must be very, very responsible because until yesterday there was a reason to run the risk so they sat out training.

"I had doubts about their ability to play. But after a longer warm-up in the morning, and after I spoke with them about the responsibilities of the situation, they confirmed to me that they are available and I saw them play well in the training game.

"I am happy now because I saw all the team and the other 12 players in good condition. They are in good shape, have a good attitude and they are happy. They trained and joked and they are content. Now we are ready to start this Euro season."