Derry’s wing wizard James McClean has made the Irish squad for Euro 2012.
The former Derry City star, whose been in sensational form since his transfer to English Premier League side Sunderland, makes the 23 man squad along with fellow Derry man, Everton midfielder Darron Gibson.
Writing on Twitter McClean said: “absolutley honoured and cudnt (sic) be happier to have been call up to represent (sic) my country at the euros no better feelin.”
SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood congratulated both players on their inclusion.
“I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to both James and Darron, as well as to their families.
“Both are great ambassadors for this city and they continue to do us all proud.
“I would like to add my voice with the rest of Derry in wishing our two local players the best of luck in Poland and the Ukraine.
“In particular, everyone in Derry has looked on with great pride at James’ meteoric rise in the English Premier League this season.
“We have no doubt that he can now show his considerable qualities on the international stage,” the former Mayor of Derry said.
Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said : “This is great news for both Darron and James and they thoroughly deserve their call up for Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad.
“Their dedication and success in the sport of soccer continues to be an inspiration to younger sports people in Derry and lifts their expectations of themselves and what they can achieve, given the proper application.”
Also in the squad are Lifford man Shay Given and ex Derry City ‘keeper David Forde
Full details in tomorrow’s Derry Journal