Seamus Coleman’s hopes of making the Republic of Ireland’s 23-man squad for Euro 2012 appear to be in limbo after he was an unused substitute in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium.
Despite suggestions to the contrary in the lead-up to the match by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, young players like 23-year-old Coleman, Shane Duffy and James McCarthy saw none of the action, while Sunderland’s James McClean only came on for the final 12 minutes.
“He is young,” said Trapattoni about 21-year-old midfielder McCarthy after the game. “Also, McClean, for this tournament, he’s too young,”
added the Italian, which, with no friendlies before the final squad in announced in May, meant bad news for the pair, and also possibly Coleman and the uncapped Duffy, neither of whom Trapattoni mentioned.
However, after the matter was reported in Friday’s national papers, the FAI took the somewhat unusual step to realise a statement on the matter, possibly giving the likes of Coleman, Duffy, McCarthy and McClean renewed optimism.
“Following a review of coverage in today’s papers, Giovanni Trapattoni was keen to counter some very strong speculation about omissions from the Irish squad travelling to Euro 2012” read the statement.
“Giovanni felt that it is important to highlight that nothing has been set in stone as regards his selections, and he will continue to monitor all players during the coming months.