Expect the unexpected when Trap names squad

Giovanni Trapattoni will name his Euros squad on Monday and, as much as the press and public will be eagerly awaiting that announcement, it’ll be an even more exciting day for the players.

And an anxious one too. Because there’ll be a lot of nervous people hoping that they’ll get in.

The manager made a little bit of a statement of intent for the last friendly, leaving out people who had been fairly regularly involved over recent years. I’d imagine that can’t have been an easy decision for him — and the ones he’ll have to make now will be even harder.

Normally, the routine is that the FAI send a fax to your club to notify you that you’ve been called up but I’d imagine that, for this special announcement, they might contact us a bit earlier, and let people know directly by phone or email.

A lot of people have been asking me if James McClean should be in the squad and it’s a very valid question because he’s had such a good season since he exploded onto the Premier League scene. He’s grabbed the headlines and, rightly so, because he’s been a breath of fresh air.

But these are the very things the manager is going to have to weigh up — whether he goes with the tried and trusted which he has done more often than not, or whether he experiments with one or two younger, fresher people around the squad.

You can never be sure, but I have a hunch he might opt to throw in one or two little curve-balls.


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