Three players worth a shot
McCarthy demonstrated in the briefest of cameos against Brazil, another game where the opposition dominated possession, that he had the ability and temperament to ensure his touch and awareness could thrive. Bizarrely exiled.
There is a suspicion that Trapattoni distrusts Foley on grounds of philistinism. Yet were Foley included, it could liberate John O'Shea to play at left-back or, perhaps, in midfield to unburden one of the currently hapless holding midfielders.
The Antrim-born Stoke defender is a much more valid option than the tiring Kevin Kilbane at full-back; a bonus lies in the fact that he can play across the back line and also as a holding midfielder.