Sunderland winger James McClean has been cleared by FIFA to represent the Republic of Ireland.

The exciting Sunderland winger, whose new FIFA registration allows Giovanni Trapattoni to pick him for the February 29 friendly with the Czech Republic, has become the latest hot property to take his allegiances south after playing underage football for Northern Ireland.

He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Darron Gibson, Marc Wilson and Shane Duffy.