Live: Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 Squad Announcement
GreenScene will be live blogging Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2012 Squad Announcement from the Aviva Stadium, where he will name his 23 man panel around 3.30 this afternoon.
16:10: That’s all from us. Thanks for reading. The page will no longer auto-refresh if anyone (Fionn) would like to write a comment. See you in Poland!
16:06: Some player messages on twitter:
Sean St Ledger – just like to say thank you for all the kind messages its getting very real now! huge honour. thoughts go out to @JamesMcCarthy_4
Simon Cox: Wanna say thanks for all the kind messages of congrats for making the Euro2012 squad. It’s an absolute honour to be named in the squad.
David Meyler: Congrats to @JMcC_23 absolutely delighted for you pal fully deserved you ugly man! #ComeonYouBoysInGreen
Padraig Amond: Just seen why James McCarthy pulled out hopefully his dad gets better! #moreimportantthingsinlife Gutted for Seamie not being in initial squad #fingerscrossedforulad
16:03: Here’s the James McCarthy statement in full:
16:01: That’s it for the live video. Trap has some time with the reporters now. No shocks in the Ireland squad, but a place for James McClean. Sad news for James McCarthy, but he’s one for the future. Hopefully his father will be okay.
16:00: The usual Wes Hoolahan question – “Hoolahan is already 28, 29, 30. He plays well. Some time with Marco, we discuss this. We don’t forget him. We build the team with another system. With this player, our system at this moment, we have no room. We couldn’t change the system because qualifying was important. We have a strong midfield and strong wing. I wouldn’t change the strikers, because I’m sure we couldn’t play as well with only one striker. Maybe in a friendly, we could try. But friendly games are also important for rankings. It’s not easy for us, we discuss Hoolahan, but McCarthy and McClean are young. We have Reid and Ireland too. A strong team, so we couldn’t just change this and achieve qualification. We have a strong midfield and strong wingers, it’s not English football league. It’s international football, it’s a little bit different. We always want to have a balance in the team. We have no Messi, Ronaldo, or Maradona. We have a strong team with organisation and balance.”
15:53: RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue asks Trap about comparisons with James McClean and Toto Schillachi. Trap believes McClean can make an instant impact too.
15:52: Trap on McCarthy: “I prefer him to stay at home. Psychologically he’s not ready. It’s his choice. It’s difficult to try to convince him. He’s 21, I try, but his parents are important. In the future, he will be with us in the next campaign. I think we have 2 or 3 senior midfielders now, but he’s young, he’s strong, he has quality. He can grow. Sometimes when we watch him, he wants to have the ball. He must look for the ball. He has the quality. I say ‘James you must look for the ball’. He has developed, he used to shoot from 25 or 30 yards, but now he sees the pass. He passes the ball.”
15:48: “I follow him, asked the senior players’ opinion, it’s good. He has a good personality, he’s young, he’s strong, physically strong. He’s improved, he’s grown. I think he can give us energy. He scores goals, it’s very important. With three games, we need the players to fill in for Duff and McGeady, maybe in the second or third games. It will also help him for the future. He will be confident.”
15:44: Trap not worried about Sean St. Ledger’s lack of first team action this season, comparing it to Robbie Keane’s lack of action before he joined LA Galaxy. Mentioned Keith Andrews too, and will be calling some of the players up early to help their fitness.
15:42: McClean on twitter: “absolutley honoured and cudnt be happier to have been call up to represnt my country at the euros no better feelin! #COYBIG #ireland #euro12″
15:40: Trap names Coleman as one of the players to miss out and that he’ll definitely be in contention for the next campaign. “McClean, Coleman: They’ll be with us in the future.”
15:37: Trap saying that it was a difficult decision to select the squad, and that it was hard to leave them out, especially James McCarthy
15:36: McCarthy’s statement: “I have made the difficult decision to withdraw my name from selection for Euro 2012 squad…following the diagnosis of my father with cancer and on-going requirement for treatment.
15:35: FAI: “James McCarthy has made the difficult decision to withdraw from selection and a statement had issued on his behalf.” McCarthy’s father has been diagnosed with cancer and will miss the tournament. Our thoughts are with James and his family.
15:34: Trap singling out James McCarthy as the notable omission before naming the standby list.
15:32: Trap reading out the names at the moment. Wonder does he know that the FAI beat him to the chase on twitter?
15:31: Trap and Manuela are here. No Marco Tardelli though.
15:30: No James McCarthy in the squad or on standby. No Delaney on the standby list either which is a surprise.
15:28: Tweets from the FAIreland account:
Given, Westwood, Forde, Dunne, O’Shea, St.Ledger, O’Dea, Ward, Kelly, Foley, Whelan, Gibson, Andrews, Fahey, Duff, McGeady, Hunt…
…McClean, Keane, Doyle, Cox, Long, Walters. STANDBY: Randolph, McShane, Green, Coleman, Keogh
15:26: All kicking off here. 23 man squad and a 5 man standby list coming. Just an intro from the FAI at the moment.
15:25: Don’t be surprised if you have to refresh GreenScene either. A lot of traffic at the moment, as you’d expect. Sorry if it does happen!
15:23: The FAI feed is very jumpy, but with so many people watching, is that really a surprise?
15:20: What are the chances things will run on time? Trap is good, but he’s no Mussolini!
15:17: There’s some movement in the Aviva Stadium! No one seated just yet, just the waiting journalists.
15:13: Over 500 viewers on the livestream so far, and there isn’t even any video!
15:10: Still no sign of Trapattoni or Marco Tardelli:
15:09: Miguel Delaney also claiming the mystery player is NOT Damien Duff.
15:07: Nothing happening just yet, but there’s a lot of speculation. It’s all just rumour and hearsay though, so no point adding to it. However, Sky’s Enda Brady has confirmed Damien Duff and Robbie Keane are in the 23 man panel.
15:00: Half an hour to go. Nervous! Trap is also due to name a four man standby list. During the past week, we have looked at the possible squad members, check them all out here:
Part One: Goalkeepers
Part Two: Defenders
Part Three: Midfielders
Part Four: Forwards
14:58: Meanwhile, Simon Cox is tweeting about shopping in Manchester. So he’s not in Dublin to make a statement.
14:56 Micil Glennon has tweeted a picture of Trap’s hotseat for the press conference:
14:55: GreenScene will be bringing you all the latest news from the press conference, including a possible special announcement before Trapattoni unveils his squad – a senior player is expected to miss the European Championships for personal reasons, and is due to make a statement about it before 3.30.
14:50: Good afternoon folks. Very tense at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the 3.30 squad announcement, with RTÉ’s John Kenny tweeting: “Just left the Aviva having interviewed Ray Houghton. The sense of anticipation ahead of Trap’s squad announcement is palpable.”