James McClean, (born 22 April 1989) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing as a winger for Premier League club Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national football team. McClean played with Trojans, Institute and his hometown club, Derry City, before moving across the sea to North East England in August 2011.
McClean was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and played for the Northern Ireland national under-21 football team. However, McClean declined a call-up to the top level squad because he wanted to play for the Republic of Ireland. In February 2012, McClean received international clearance from FIFA which made him eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland. In May 2012, he was called into Giovanni Trapattoni's squad for UEFA Euro 2012, going on to appear as a substitute against Spain.
Analysing the Transfer Gossip – 28th July Part Three
As we move in to the off-season an unprecedented amount of managerial movement around Europe will surely see an already frantic transfer market go in to overdrive. This will give plenty of opportunities for transfer rumour and gossip. So how much of it is realistic? Part One is here Part Two is here Real Madrid […]
Every season high hopes are placed on various youngsters to either break into their first teams or improve on their previous season’s performances and rise to another level. Some players like Chris Smalling are able to live up to these expectations and become regular members while others like Darren Gibson are unable to cope up … Continue reading »