Saturday, November 8, 2008
Coyle calls for McCann call-up
Burnley boss Owen Coyle has called on Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni to end Chris McCann's international exile.
McCann has not figured for Ireland since walking out of the U-21 squad in November 2007 when he was named on the bench for a European Championship qualifier.
The former Home Farm player has produced some storming displays in Burnley's midfield this season, including a goal-scoring performance at Reading last Saturday.
Former Ireland international striker Coyle believes the 21-year-old is good enough to be considered for the senior set-up.
"The Republic of Ireland must have an unbelievable abundance of quality for Chris not to be involved at any level," said Coyle.
"I think he is getting better and he is showing great maturity. I believe he's capable of playing in the Premier League and being involved with the Republic of Ireland.
"I know he is desperate to represent his country."
McCann has already played over 100 games for Burnley and has been a driving force in their climb up the Championship table.
And despite being overlooked for Ireland's 'B' friendly against Nottingham Forest on Thursday, the Dubliner has not given up hope of forcing his way back into international contention.
McCann said: "A 'B' squad has been announced and I'm not in it but I won't get too down about it. As long as I am playing well hopefully something will happen sooner rather than later.''