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Monday 19 March 2018

McCarthy happy after clear-the-air Trap talks

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

James McCarthy is satisfied with the outcome of a meeting with Giovanni Trapattoni, which put to bed any doubts about the Wigan midfielder's international future.

The Ireland boss, in addition to his assistant Marco Tardelli, went to meet with the 20-year-old last week after an unnecessary furore around the last game with Wales where Trapattoni appeared to give weight to groundless speculation that McCarthy was contemplating a switch to play for Scotland.

McCarthy missed the Carling Nations tie with Wales on the advice of his club as he was recovering from injury, and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez added to the confusion with baffling statements that suggested that the emerging talent was pondering where his international allegiance lay.

This was quashed by the McCarthy camp, but the situation was exacerbated when Trapattoni said he had no contact details for the player and had no intention of speaking to him.


However, his worthy U-turn has now smoothed out any tension that seems to have arisen from communication difficulties rather than any deep-seated issues.

A source close to McCarthy confirmed to the Irish Independent that a chat with the Irish management in Wigan had gone well, and that the player was "happy" with how it went.

Trapattoni will give his side of the story today when he names the squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia and friendly with Uruguay, in which McCarthy is expected to be included.

Keiren Westwood and Robbie Keane will also be named after coming through their weekend comebacks unscathed. Westwood played the duration for Coventry in Saturday's defeat to Hull, while Keane played the final 22 minutes of West Ham's FA Cup loss to Stoke.

Richard Dunne remains a worry with a shoulder injury, and generated undesirable headlines over the weekend when it emerged that he was involved in a heated argument with coaching staff at an Aston Villa bonding session which turned boozy. Dunne and fellow defender James Collins were critical of Gerard Houllier's methods.

Fit-again Liam Lawrence should also be included, while Millwall's David Forde and QPR's Paddy Kenny are vying to provide cover for Westwood.

Irish Independent

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