McCarthy misses out for Irish

Wigan midfielder withdraws due to father's illness

James McCarthy: Ruled out of Euro 2012 squad

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Republic of Ireland have named their squad for the 2012 European Championship, and there is no place for Wigan's James McCarthy.

McCarthy has revealed that he has made the decision to withdraw his name from selection due to his father being diagnosed with cancer.

As a result he was not considered by coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

McCarthy said in a statement: "I have made the very difficult decision to withdraw my name from selection from the Euro 2012 squad following the diagnosis of my father with cancer and an ongoing requirement for treatment.

"I have discussed this with the manager. He was very understanding and I thank him sincerely for that.

"I take this opportunity to re-affirm my complete commitment to playing for the Republic of Ireland.

"It is a huge honour and source of great pride for me and my family.

"Despite not being present, I would like to wish the manager and my team-mates every success at the tournament and hope that Irish fans can understand the reason for my decision at this difficult time."

Sunderland's James McClean has made the selection, but Everton's Seamus Coleman could only make the standby list.

Norwich's Wes Hoolahan failed to make it, as did Ciaran Clark, Shane Duffy and Anthony Stokes.

Difficult task

Trapattoni admits he had some hard decisions to make, saying: "I had a very difficult task in choosing this 23-man squad.

"Several players have proven their abilities to us during the qualifying campaign, and we are thankful to all who have played a part. However, we are happy with our choices.

"The standby list consists of very capable players who we would be happy to call upon if needed. The game against Bosnia in Aviva stadium will be the beginning of our Euro 2012 journey and it is important for the players to feel the energy from Irish fans before we go to our training camp.

"We will look to emulate the attitude and performance that brought us qualification, and push our limits further as we prepare for this tournament. We will be focused as we enter this important time. "

Squad in full

Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall); John O'Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O'Dea (Leeds), Kevin Foley (Wolves); Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Keith Andrews (West Brom), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), James McClean (Sunderland); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke).

Stand-by: Darren Randolph (Motherwell), Paul McShane (Crystal Palace), Paul Green (Derby), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Andy Keogh (Millwall)