Saturday 18 November 2017

McCarthy: I can change

Midfielder insists he can adapt toTrap’s system

James McCarthy and Giovanni Trapattoni
James McCarthy and Giovanni Trapattoni
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

JAMES McCARTHY has declared that he is ready to operate in Giovanni Trapattoni's preferred system for the decisive Euro 2012 qualifiers with Andorra and Armenia.

The 20-year-old is keen to move on from the summer's communication difficulties and is focused on booking a dream ticket to next year's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Trapattoni appears cautious about using the Wigan youngster as a holding midfielder in his rigid 4-4-2 system, but the player feels that he has now developed the necessary experience.

His sole start for Ireland was as an attacking midfielder in an experimental 4-5-1 during the March friendly with Uruguay.

"At club level lately, I have been playing more as a sitter, and the manager likes to set up with two sitters," stressed McCarthy. "I've played there before, and I'll be happy to do a job if selected.

"To be fair, Glenn (Whelan) and Keith (Andrews) have been different class and it's hard to get into the team."

McCarthy says there has been no big discussion with the manager about his role, but added that he was on the verge of being introduced in last month's scoreless draw in Russia.

Trapattoni told him to warm up with 10 minutes remaining but, ultimately, he stayed on the sidelines. Nevertheless, McCarthy asserted that he was happy to travel to Moscow and leave any tension in the past.

"Everything is fine," he said. "People were jumping on things before. I get on well with the boss and I'm happy to be here. To qualify would be a dream."

McCarthy is set to be on the bench for Friday's qualifier in Andorra. Trapattoni has to plan without the suspended Richard Dunne, and is thinking of using John O'Shea in central defence.

O'Shea is short of 100pc fitness but the Italian is confident he will be fine, and also has no concerns about Robbie Keane and Damien Duff.

Keane has recovered from a minor knock sustained with LA Galaxy, while Duff is back in action afterf missing a Fulham game due to a family illnes

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