Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy asked to be withdrawn from consideration for selection for Euro 2012 after his father was diagnosed with cancer, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said.
McCarthy, who was born in Scotland but switched his allegiance to Ireland, was not in the 23-player squad named by Trapattoni in Dublin on Monday.
Sunderland winger James McClean was included, the 23-year-old former Derry City midfielder making the cut despite having won just one senior cap as a substitute after a remarkable six months for his club.
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