Sunday, August 7, 2011

"MY INTERNATIONAL CAREER DOESN'T LAY WITH NORTHERN IRELAND" James McClean speaks about his International Career and his move to England





Here is my interview with James McClean from earlier today

It was recently announced you are to be joining EPL side Sunderland following a medical on Monday?

Aye. I am off over there tonight where I will have a medical tomorrow and all going to plan should be a Sunderland player by Tuesday

Sunderland has a strong history as a team to sign a lot of talent from our league and breed it into premiership quality stars

Aye they do and they have a few Irish lads in the squad and I am looking forward to joining such a big club and I hopefully can go on to establish myself there


Do you think this will also enhance your Northern Irish career also?

Obviously playing at level would help your international career but I’ve made a decision that my international career doesn’t lay with Northern Ireland

And why is that?

Just after having a long think about it I felt in my heart that it felt right for me to declare for the Republic as it’s something I’ve always grown up wanting to do and I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Nigel Worthington and Northern Ireland also

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You played in the Super Cup how do you think tournaments like that show your talents to Premiership clubs?

It’s a great chance to show how you’re able to cope playing at that level and it gives you a great stage to show that

And having played at it you were very highly praised by many stars what do you think of that?

It’s obviously flattering to receive praise


And how have Derry fans reacted to the move?

Derry fans have been great since the moment I first came into the club and with this they have been no different they’re a great set of fans and it’s been a pleasure playing in front of them

Okay and finally you were rumoured to have been maybe going to Peterborough why didn't that go through?

Peterborough were a good club and I was impressed with them especially the manager Darren Ferguson, but it broke down over personal terms and that’s just football then this move came about so things have worked out for me and am happy

We would like to thank James and wish him the best over in England and hope to see him back as soon as possible with the Republic of Ireland team.