McClean learns from 'idiotic' rant
James McClean admits his Twitter rant was "stupid" and "idiotic", but he also thinks it may end up helping his Republic of Ireland career in the long run.
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McClean received a dressing down in front of his team-mates on Saturday after venting his fury on Twitter at not coming off the bench during Friday's 2-1 win over Kazakhstan.
The 23-year-old deleted the foul-mouthed tweet and made a grovelling apology that saw him retained in the squad for Tuesday's friendly against Oman.
14. James McClean
Trapattoni's grilling of McClean has made the player the butt of some light-hearted jibes during training since, and stand-in captain Kevin Doyle also revealed the squad were thinking of making the midfielder do a second initiation song as a forfeit.
McClean admits he was foolish to post the tweet, but he also thinks the friendly ribbing he has got from his team-mates has helped him become closer to other members of the Republic squad.
"I'm able to laugh about it now and we're able to joke about it, so it has helped integrate me I suppose," McClean said.
"It's the greatest honour to play for your country and that's where my frustration came from. It was stupid. It was idiotic but I'm human and it's over and done with now. I've learned from it."
The Sunderland winger impressed when he came off the bench for a 30-minute cameo, going close with two brilliant efforts - one a tricky volley and the other a superb curling free-kick that was saved by Ali Al-Habsi.
McClean looks like he will have to spend more time on the bench for his country after Trapattoni revealed that the winger would not start next month's qualifier against Germany in Dublin.
But the former Derry City man is just happy that he still has an international career, and that he still retains the support of the Republic fans, who gave him an almighty cheer when he came off the bench after an hour's play.
"I was just delighted to get on the pitch considering what has happened on this trip," McClean added.
"I'm just glad that it's all over and done with now. It was nice to get on and the fans were amazing. They've taken to me from day one.
"They're a great bunch."
McClean is part of a new generation that Trapattoni seems reluctant to throw in to the full team for this World Cup qualifying campaign as he vows to stick to his trusted group of experienced players.
David Meyler, Robbie Brady, who scored one and set up two more on debut, and Seamus Coleman all seemed more than capable of raising their game to international level on Tuesday, albeit against a side ranked 53rd in the world, and McClean thinks this bodes well for the future of the squad.
"Robbie Brady is a great lad," McClean said.
"It's not bad to get a goal and two assists on your debut.
"I'm glad David and Seamus got a game too. The future looks good."