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Wigan's McCarthy axed by Ireland

Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy has been dropped for the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

McCarthy has been axed by Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

He said: "I have respect for McCarthy but despite my respect for James, you can't say he is creative. He is good line to line, but he is not creative. I hope he increase his personality. He can get better as he is young enough and in a few years he could be better than Whelan."

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