James McClean receives death threats

Sunderland midfielder James McClean has received death threats online after celebrating his inclusion in Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad.

The talented winger was born in Northern Ireland, but as he has dual nationality decided to represent Giovanni Trapattoni’s men rather than the country of his birth.

McClean was unveiled as one of the 23 men selected to travel to Ukraine and Poland yesterday, and could not hide his delight on Twitter.

“Absolutely honoured and couldn’t be happier to have been called up to represent my country at the euros no better feeling!” he told his 49,000 followers on the social networking site.

The comment provoked anger from disenchanted Northern Ireland fans, two of which threatened to shoot McClean if he ever returned to the land of his birth.

McClean concluded by responding in kind.

“Love the dogs abuse am getting of shock N.I fans, just worry about watching your own country at the euros… oh wait #mybad #awkward haha,” he commented.

By Gareth McKnight