James McClean has closed his Twitter account after receiving death threats following his selection for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 squad.

The 23-year-old Derry-born Sunderland winger made the move after he was sent a message saying he "deserved to be shot" for opting to play for the Republic rather than Northern Ireland.

The Football Association of Ireland expressed disappointment with the threats aimed at the player, and backed his decision to withdraw from the social network site. "It's a pity it has come to this, but it is maybe in his best interests in the short term," a spokesman said.

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