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Monday 18 December 2017

James McCarthy should postpone holiday and travel to USA for fans, says Trapattoni

James McCarthy
James McCarthy

Soccer Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has applied serious pressure on James McCarthy to delay his summer break and come to New York with Ireland for next Tuesday's friendly with world champions Spain.

The Wigan midfielder has left the Irish camp as he is suspended for Friday's World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands, and was originally expecting not to be involved in the Spanish encounter.

However, Trapattoni wants the Glaswegian to come back to Ireland on Saturday to travel with the team ahead of the Yankee Stadium fixture. Shane Long, who is also banned for the Faroes encounter, will miss the trip Stateside as he is getting married.

McCarthy is troubled by a groin problem and Trapattoni indicated there are "two or three" other situations which are posing a problem for the 22-year-old.

However, he feels that the in-demand star should travel out of respect to the Ireland supporters.

"It's important," said Trapattoni. "I've a family too but it's professional discipline. You can make other time to rest. When I was a player I never turned down these opportunities.

"Players need rest as they've played many games, but it's also important to see on the list the famous names like Dunne, O'Shea and McCarthy.

"We've accepted to play this game against Spain and the Irish people in New York deserve respect – they're paying for tickets but not to see the second team. Our players must understand that it's only for three days."

McCarthy (left) is the only Ireland player to have been involved in all 11 games since Euro 2012, and believes that issues about his commitment to the cause are firmly in the past.

But Trapattoni appears determined to ensure that the central midfielder is on the plane after suggesting he would have little sympathy if fatigue was offered as an excuse.

Irish Independent

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