GIOVANNI Trapattoni has expressed unhappiness with John O’Shea and warned his Sunderland team-mate James McClean he has to adapt his game this summer.
The Republic of Ireland boss was talking tough ahead of next Saturday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina that O’Shea could miss after aggravating an injury in last weekend’s high-profile game against Manchester United.
The veteran Italian manager was surprised to see the 31-year-old even in the squad last Sunday at the Stadium of Light and is concerned that the decision to play has cost him the chance to field the defender against Bosnia as he tunes up his squad for the start of the Euro 2012 finals next month.
O’Shea is not due to start training until the start of next week, when he’ll hope that the recurrence of a calf injury on the final day of the season will not be an issue.
Trapattoni said: “I was in touch with him (after the Manchester United game) and he said he is not too bad.
“It’s a muscle injury and the scan suggests it was not bad.
“But I said him ‘you already had this little injury and Sunderland don’t need to be a little bit up the table’ but we need the players.
“It was silly, a bit naive of him to play.
“Sunderland were safe and he didn’t need to.”
Though O’Shea was gently chided, his position in the Republic squad is secure and provided, as expected, he is fit, he will be involved in the tournament throughout.
The same cannot be said of Sunderland left-winger James McClean who has had an outstanding season personally since breaking into the first-team under Martin O’Neill, but who just squeezed in the Republic’s Euro squad when it was announced last week.
Trapattoni is known to be loyal to his players and wanted to take all the players along who helped get Ireland to the Euros in the first place.
But McClean’s form has made him impossible to ignore and he has been included, albeit with a warning from Trapattoni that he must learn to adapt his game to the style that the Italian demands.
“McClean has played well, we have seen that many times,” the Italian acknowledged.
“But we have a system and here he can see what we are asking of him because the solution for us is different to the one at his club.
“He is a good player and a strong personality, but he needs to work with us to understand what we want.”