McClean & Green earn call-ups

Image: James McClean: Earned his first call-up to the Sunderland squad for the friendly with Czech Republic

James McClean and Paul Green have been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's friendly with Czech Republic.

Sunderland winger gets the nod after initial omission

James McClean and Paul Green have been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's friendly with Czech Republic. Sunderland winger McClean was a surprise omission from Giovanni Trapattoni's initial squad named last week for the clash with the Czechs. McClean has been in superb form for Sunderland in recent months after making his debut in the win over Blackburn in December. The 22-year-old has been inspirational in Sunderland's renaissance under Martin O'Neill and Trapattoni has now decided to give the former Derry City man a late call-up. Derby midfielder Green was also overlooked for the original squad, but now he has been added to the party for the match at the Aviva Stadium on February 29.

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