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INTERNATIONAL NEWS | James McClean called up for international duty

Red Dragon set to play final fixture for the Republic of Ireland

10 November 2023

For one last time, James McClean has been called up for international duty as Republic of Ireland take on New Zealand in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium.

The centurion international will represent his country for the 103rd and final time after announcing his retirement in October.

Stephen Kenny’s side will take on The Netherlands in their latest round of Euro 2024 Qualifying campaign fixtures, before rounding off the international break against the All Whites.

Across his storied career, he made 102 appearances for his country, including two European Championship finals, in 2012 and 2016.

At the time of his retirement, McClean explained that the fixture on November 21 will be an emotional one.

He said: “I’m obviously looking forward to it but in the same sense it will be sad because it’ll be the last time, I ever do it.

“It’ll be mixed emotions on the night but I’m looking forward to having a home send-off.

“It’s very hard to explain what it means to play for my country. I’m a fan that got to live his dream and that’s the most special part of it all.”

Everyone at Wrexham AFC wishes James well ahead of his final Republic of Ireland cap which will round off an exceptional international career.



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