McShane relishing step up

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Sunderland defender Paul McShane has come a long way since he made his Ireland debut in the Euro 2008 draw against the Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road last year.

McShane only got his chance because of injuries to Steve Staunton´s regular centre-back pair of Richard Dunne and Andy O´Brien, and he seized his chance by being named man of the match. He is now preparing for the crucial qualifying double-header against Slovakia and the Czechs again as one of the most important members of Staunton´s travelling squad.

McShane said: "I remember that Czech Republic game as the starting point of my career really. It was a high-profile game with a lot of pressure and to get man of the match was brilliant."

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