Sunderland boss O'Neill says McClean can match Duff

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says James McClean should be part of the Republic of Ireland's Euros squad.

McClean – who has hit six goals this season – is expected to be included when Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni names his squad for Euro 2012.

O’Neill said: “Damien (Duff) has been a really good player for quite some time now and James is only starting out.

“Duff has the ability to play wide right, which he does for Fulham on a regular basis. James hasn’t acquired that yet but simply because I’ve not played him in any other position than on the left.

“Over the course of next season I can see him being able to adapt to other positions, like wide right coming in on his left foot.

“He’s settling in wide left well and is adding a few strings to his bow but to be fair to Damien Duff, he’s been doing it a lot longer than James.”

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