Martinez: McCarthy is his own man

Martinez: McCarthy is his own man

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Scottish fans' reaction to midfielder James McCarthy's decision to pledge his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland will probably persuade the player to stick to his first choice.

The Glasgow-born 19-year-old, who has a grandfather from Donegal, has played five times for Ireland's U-21s.

New Scotland manager Craig Levein is searching for new talent and McCarthy, having just broken into Wigan's first team after his £1.2m move from Hamilton, is exactly the sort of player he would welcome.

But with his choice of national team having received an adverse reaction from supporters north of the border when he was still playing for the Accies, Martinez thinks that will sway the teenager's viewpoint.

"I know in Scotland they made a huge meal out of it, they let him know how they felt when he chose the Republic of Ireland and that could have a bearing on his decision," said the Spaniard.

Martinez has offered advice to the young midfielder but only to tell him he must make up his own mind.

"We spoke about it but I said to James he needs to make the decision, he doesn't need to listen to anyone. He needs to listen to his feelings," the Wigan boss added.

"The moment you allow people to influence your decision you are going to make the wrong decision.

"At the moment he is playing with the Republic of Ireland U-21s so he has a clear idea of what that means.

"He has played in Scotland for many years so he understands the football feeling around that country.

"James is an impressive character and if he listens to his feelings he will make the right decision."

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