Posted on May 25
Rising star James McClean has been handed a chance to stake his claim for a Euro 2012 starting spot in the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Bosnia in Dublin on Saturday.
McClean has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining Sunderland from Irish club Derry City 12 months ago and the young winger will make his first start for his country in the Euro warm-up at Lansdowne Road.
The Derry-born 23-year-old, who caused outrage in his native Northern Ireland when he opted to play for the Republic, will line up on the left flank following a superb second half of the season with Sunderland.
Trapattoni has also indicated Aiden McGeady will play some part in the game as the Italian looks to determine who to use on the flanks at the finals in Poland and Ukraine next month.
Central defenders Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger will both start after shaking off groin injuries, while Paul McShane, who was this week drafted in as cover, will start at right-back.
Keiren Westwood will take Shay Given's place in goal with the Aston Villa star recovering from a knee injury.
Ireland face world and european champions Spain, as well as Italy and Croatia in their group at the Euros.