James McClean to start for Republic of Ireland?

Martin Kelly and James McClean
© PA Photos
Republic of Ireland assistant coach Marco Tardelli hints that James McClean could be given a starting role at Euro 2012.

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Marco Tardelli has hinted that Sunderland winger James McClean could be given a starting role for his country at Euro 2012.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier League since joining the Black Cats last summer, and Tardelli has praised the powerful winger.

"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. Surely, he is the future, but maybe it is possible also this time," Tardelli told reporters.

Ireland meet Bosnia-Herzegovina in a friendly on Saturday.

James McClean
Read Next:
James McClean quits Twitter
>

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City33009369
2Chelsea33007259
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd33006159
4Everton32104227
5Hull City32014226
6Middlesbrough31203215
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs31203215
8Arsenal31116514
9Leicester CityLeicester31113304
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom31112204
11Liverpool311156-14
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham310235-23
13Burnley310224-23
14Swansea CitySwansea310224-23
15Southampton302124-22
16Sunderland301235-21
17Crystal Palace301213-21
18Watford301236-31
19Bournemouth301225-31
20Stoke CityStoke301226-41