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Robbie Brady shares a joke with Paul McShane during the Irish training session at Craven Cottage last night - Brady will make his Irish debut against Oman tonight

Robbie Brady shares a joke with Paul McShane during the Irish training session at Craven Cottage last night - Brady will make his Irish debut against Oman tonight

Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli keep a watchful eye on the Irish training session at Craven Cottage last night ahead of tonight's friendly international against Oman

Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli keep a watchful eye on the Irish training session at Craven Cottage last night ahead of tonight's friendly international against Oman

James McClean and Robbie Brady during squad training

James McClean and Robbie Brady during squad training

David Meyler during squad training

David Meyler during squad training

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Robbie Brady shares a joke with Paul McShane during the Irish training session at Craven Cottage last night - Brady will make his Irish debut against Oman tonight

Manchester United starlet Robbie Brady tonight gets his chance to become Irish football's new golden boy.

Brady -- who hails from Baldoyle in Dublin -- has been tipped for greatness since his teens, and Giovanni Trapattoni is a big fan.

He was called up from the U-21s when their chances of qualifying for the European Championships ended last Thursday, and, with James McClean relegated to bench duty, Trapattoni has named the winger in his starting team for the friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage.

The Italian is intrigued by a player that he describes as a faster version of Andy Reid, with a confidence that sets him apart from the youngsters.

"I think he is particularly technical and creative," said Trapattoni. "We've had others like this in the past. We had Andy Reid, but he is quicker than Andy Reid.

"And he has a good personality. James McCarthy is a good player, but he's a little bit shy. Robbie Brady, no (he's not shy).

"He knows his quality, and he's a little bit cocky at times. I think he can play well in this position, with good awareness of where the goal is."

Trapattoni selected a striker, Simon Cox, in a wide role in Kazakhstan last Friday and wants more goals from that department.

The selection of Cox angered McClean, and another recognised front player, Andy Keogh, begins on the left flank tonight.

While the Ireland manager insisted that leaving the Derry native on the bench was nothing to do with his Twitter outburst, it appears to have denied the Sunderland winger a golden opportunity to further his education.

Brady, who kicks off on the right but is equally comfortable on the left, could prove to be the beneficiary.

He has plenty of first-team experience from a loan spell at Hull last year and figured in Manchester United's pre-season preparations, albeit as a makeshift left-back. His goalscoring exploits at U-21 level excite Trapattoni, and tonight's skipper Kevin Doyle is also aware of his potential.

"I've heard about his reputation," said Doyle. "Everyone has always said he's been a future star. He's getting his chance now."

Irish Independent