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INTERNATIONAL WATCH | James McClean returns from international duty

McClean featured in both qualifying matches in Paris and Dublin

12 September 2023

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INTERNATIONAL WATCH | James McClean returns from international duty

McClean featured in both qualifying matches in Paris and Dublin

12 September 2023

James McClean has returned from the international break, after featuring for the Republic of Ireland against France and The Netherlands in their Euro 2024 Qualifying campaign.

Their camp started in Paris, where they trained at the Parc de Princes, before facing off against the 2018 World Cup winners.

He started on the bench, but came on after the break to put in a strong performance despite Stephen Kenny’s side being edged out 2-0 at the final whistle.

The second fixture took place in Dublin, with a victory needed to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

After his impressive performance in Paris, McClean was named in the starting eleven for the fixture against the Netherlands.

They got the dream start as Virgil Van Dijk gave away a penalty from McClean’s corner, and Adam Idah scored from the spot four minutes into the contest.

Van Dijk’s Liverpool teammate got them back on level terms fifteen minutes later, as Cody Gakpo slotted past Gavin Bazunu from twelve yards.

The Dutch completed the comeback on the 56th minute, with Denzel Dumfries and Wout Weghorst combining to unlock the defence and take the points.

The results leave the Republic of Ireland on three points, trailing third place Greece by six points, with only three games remaining.

McClean arrives back in North Wales in preparation of this weekend’s home fixture against Grimsby Town at the STōK Cae Ras.


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