Sunderland’s James McClean set for Irish squad

Updated: February 7, 2012

Rising Irish star James McClean is set to be called up for the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time on Friday for the friendly against the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium on February 29th.

McClean, who scored the winner at Stoke last weekend, has impressed under the guidance of Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill since he moved from Irish league side Derry City last summer. The 22-year-old is now awaiting Fifa’s clearance after deciding to switch from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

Martin O’Neill is delighted with the way McClean has settled since moving to Sunderland. “He is performing brilliantly for us,” O’Neill said. “He has had a great, great couple of months, I didn’t know him at all until I arrived at the club, so to see him blossoming out there has been very pleasing for everyone, obviously myself included.”

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