FOUR Sunderland players have been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for this month’s friendly with Greece.
John O’Shea, Keiren Westwood, James McClean and David Meyler have all been included in the party for the clash in Dublin on November 14, with under-fire boss Giovanni Trapattoni vowing to experiment with his line-up.
That will be good news for midfielder Meyler, who only made his senior Ireland debut in September’s friendly against Oman before being handed a late run-out in last month’s World Cup qualifying win in the Faroe Islands.
Trapattoni said: “I have decided to choose a provisional 26-man squad for this game due to injury doubts over players.
“As we have a break from competitive games for a few months, I am using this fixture as an opportunity to try out new players and view their potential.”
Trapattoni yesterday faced the media for the first time since the victory over the Faroe Islands, which was mooted to be his last as Ireland manager, due to the 6-1 thrashing at home to Germany four days earlier.
But the experienced Italian survived and took a philosophical stance on his future yesterday after being given the go-ahead to continue his four-year reign.
“I am a realist, not an optimistic not a pessimist,” said Trapattoni.
“I am a manager. The victory is father and to lose is an orphan. I know what can happen.”