The joy of answering Ireland’s call

When James McClean got the call on Monday morning, he didn’t recognise the number.

“I just saw that it was a down south number but then when he said it was Mr Trapattoni, my heart just dropped.”

For that instant, the Sunderland winger admitted, he was torn between whether the manager was ringing him with good or bad news.

“But then when he told me that I was in the squad, it was the greatest feeling you can get and I remember I just had the biggest smile on my face. But I couldn’t really say anything because the squad wasn’t being announced until half three. I just told my family and close friends, told them not to say anything, that they couldn’t say anything. That was the hard part, not being able to say anything.

“So I was just lying in bed and then I let out a roar: finally, I’ve done it.”


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