Giovanni Trapattoni appears to dash James McClean's Euro 2012 hopes
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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has indicated that Sunderland's James McClean is unlikely to be part of his Euro 2012 squad.
McClean has been in superb form in recent weeks for the Black Cats which has led to speculation that he could force his way in the Irish squad.
But Trapattoni said on Friday that he intends to remain loyal to the squad that qualified for the finals.
"Those players deserve to come with us to the finals," said Trapattoni.
The club form of McClean and Norwich's West Hoolahan has led to suggestions that they could make late bids for inclusion in the Euro 2012 squad.
However, Trapattoni emphasised on Friday the efforts of the "players who achieved our qualification".
Trapattoni insisted that he was "paying attention" to the club form of players such as McClean and Hoolahan.
"If we have injuries, we can talk about these different players because (at the moment) we have in every position players we have depend on. Now we have enough.
"We must have respect for the players who achieved qualification. I think they deserve to go (to Euro 2012)."
McClean played for Northern Ireland at youth and Under-21 level but opted for the Republic last year after turning down a Northern Ireland senior call-up.
After a number of outings as substitute, the Derry-born player made his first Sunderland start in the New Year's Day win over Manchester City and he scored in the 4-1 win over Wigan two days later.