Something of a favourite of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, McShane does not enjoy similar popularity with Irish fans who worry that he is something of an accident waiting to happen at the back.
Trapattoni appreciates his honest endeavour and his ability to play at the heart of his defence or in a full-back slot, but the reality is that this former Manchester United, West Brom and Sunderland defender would be a weak link in the Ireland line-up if he is called into action this summer.
His inclusion came at the expense of Wolves star Kevin Foley, who was named in Ireland initial 23-man squad. McShane was on the standby list to start with, but was promoted after a decent performance in the win against Bosnia in the last week of May. With injuries affecting some Ireland's first pick defenders, he may well see some action at Euro 2012.