Updated: 08/09/2012 10:09 | By pa.press.net

McClean fails to keep his Trap shut



James McClean took to Twitter to voice his anger about not playing

James McClean took to Twitter to voice his anger about not playing

James McClean vented his frustration after Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni left him on the bench to watch his team-mates struggle to a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday night.

Kazakhstan, ranked 142nd in the world, outplayed the Republic in Astana and took the lead nine minutes before half-time through Kairat Nurdauletov. They could have scored at least two more goals before they collapsed in a frenetic final two minutes which saw the visitors snatch victory thanks to goals from Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle.

Trapattoni brought Doyle and Shane Long off the bench but did not call upon McClean, who has been outstanding for Sunderland this term - a move that has clearly enraged the 23-year-old. Tweeting from his official account @JMcC_23, the winger said: "Delighted as a fan we got the the win.. Personal level #fuming #f*****joke #embarrassing." The tweet was later deleted.

Trapattoni is aware of McClean's rant and could fine the former Derry City man for his actions, or even kick the player out of the Republic's squad for their friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage on Tuesday - a game in which he probably would have started.

Trapattoni has been at pains to stress all week that the squad is united and determined to embark upon a new successful era following the retirements of Damien Duff and Shay Given. Despite the rhetoric, however, the Italian's team were woefully below par, with Kazakhstan the better side for the majority of the match.

Afterwards, a downbeat Trapattoni admitted his side were fortunate to start their Group C campaign with a victory.

He said: "I think it's honest to say that we have been a little bit lucky in this game. I think we had a psychological block after we conceded because usually we have a good reaction when that happens but we didn't today."

His opposite number Miroslav Beranek agreed. "Football showed its brutal face to us tonight," the Kazakhstan coach said. "We played very well so it's really hard to speak about these goals we conceded."

Doyle said: "It was a smash and grab job. We got out of jail. It's good to start the campaign with a win but with minutes to go, it looked like being a disaster.

"I felt sorry for Kazakhstan but there's plenty of times when it's been the other way round so I can't feel too sorry for them."

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If I was given £100,000 to sit on a bench, I certainly wouldn't argue about that. Just think yourself very fortunate James that you are not sitting and for that matter sleeping on a park bench.
08/09/2012 08:00
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stop moaning ya spoilt brat!!! How much do you earn a week???
08/09/2012 08:07
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at the end of the day a win is a win, if McClean is not happy withdraw from the squad, no one is forcing him to be there....they won without him and they will win without him again.. its a no brainer
08/09/2012 00:39
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I think its quite remarkable that Trapattoni can field a half decent side at all consideing the vey small number of players he has to choose from 
08/09/2012 08:49
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He turned his back on his native Northern Ireland for a place on the bench...LOL

Slap it into the Traitor

08/09/2012 00:41
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well they won did'nt they so whats the problem
08/09/2012 08:55
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who cares about a **** team like Ireland?
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