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'Trap must forgive McClean's tweet'

pundit Eamon Dunphy has defended soccer star James McClean in the wake of his Twitter outburst that infuriated Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

The RTE analyst believes McClean (23) should be forgiven due to his young age but believes social media is increasingly a bad habit for Premier League players.

"James McClean is a young guy. We see Ashley Cole is now in trouble for using Twitter. They should probably not be doing it, but what can you do?

"I wouldn't hold it against James McClean, he's only a lad," he said.

McClean posted a message last month venting his fury at not coming off the bench during the 2-1 win over Kazakhstan.

He has since been forgiven, but is an injury doubt for Friday's game against Germany.

Dunphy heaped the pressure on Trapattoni (73), claiming: "He's running out of time.

"Morale is low, the fans think the best players aren't being picked and the younger players aren't getting a chance, like Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Ciaran Clark.


"He [Trapattoni] is running out of time. On this particular occasion the injury situation is poor and he still has big decisions to make.

"I'm a sceptic. I was a great believer. I've gone from believer to sceptic. I thought he had a great CV. A lot depends on the performance on Friday, not necessarily the result. If we give a brave and spirited performance on Friday night, that's okay."