James McCarthy has been named the 2012 FAI Young International Player of the Year, at the Three FAI International Football Awards night in Dublin on Sunday evening.
The 22-year-old was named alongside Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Hull City’s Robbie Brady in the category, but was voted winner after his performances for club and country throughout 2012.
McCarthy was also nominated in the Senior International Player of the Year Award – the only player to do so on the night – which was awarded to Keith Andrews.
It was a hugely successful year for McCarthy, who has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday’s international friendly with Poland in Dublin, present throughout for Wigan Athletic in the Barclays Premier League whilst making six appearances for his country in competitive fixtures.
His appearance in Ireland’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan back in September saw him make his World Cup debut in what was a qualification match, soon followed by appearances against Germany and the Faroe Islands.