SUNDERLAND defender John O’Shea has been included in the Republic of Ireland’s final 23-man squad for the European Championships, despite concerns over his fitness.
O’Shea missed Ireland’s penultimate warm-up game with Bosnia and Herzegovina last weekend as he continues his recovery from the ankle injury sustained in Sunderland’s final game of the season against Manchester United.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni had raised concerns over the 31-year-old’s participation in next month’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine, with former Sunderland defender Paul McShane on stand-by to replace the ex-Manchester United man.
But O’Shea was this morning included in the 23-man squad submitted to UEFA ahead of the noon deadline.
Sunderland team-mates James McClean and Keiren Westwood have also been included, as Ireland continue their preparations at their Italian training base.
McShane will be on the plane to Eastern Europe too after being named as a replacement for injured Wolves full-back Kevin Foley.