Marco Tardelli has refused to rule out James McClean's chances of forcing his way into the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 team.

The 23-year-old Sunderland winger has enjoyed a remarkable six months after emerging from the shadows under Martin O'Neill on Wearside and establishing himself as a first-team regular.

Ireland's assistant manager Tardelli said of McClean: "He is a good boy. He wants to work because he knows he needs to learn many things. He is strong physically and I think he will be for us a good player."

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