It appears that Sunderland Winger James McClean was overlooked for the Republic of Ireland’s latest World Cup 2014 Qualifiers.
In their first outing last Friday they suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at the hands of Germany, and this lead to calls to include the Sunderland ace in their next fixture against the Faroe Islands.
However, the manager Giovanni Trapattoni had other ideas and decided that he did not need to call upon the midfielder for the 4-1 victory.
The player has been heavily watched by the Sunderland medical staff whilst on international duty as they want to monitor the situation with his groin injury.
It is believed the 24 year old would have been able to feature on Tuesday night, in Torshavn, but was deemed surplus to requirements.
However, the former Derry City star signed by old boss Steve Bruce is set to appear in the 146th Tyne-Wear derby.
The player will be looking for a chance to shine in this fixture but his international future still looms over him, before the Republic of Ireland squad meet up again.
Martin O’ Neill revealed to the Daily Mail that “’James himself was hoping he might have got a shout for the Republic’s second game but they went with what they had.”
It is hoped that McClean will be given another chance to show that he is worthy of wearing the Ireland shirt and replicating his club form, for his country. The Black Cats are not worried about risking the midfielder though against their fierce rivals Newcastle on Sunday.