Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ireland v Gibraltar

Saturday, 11 October 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

Last Game

Georgia 1 - 2 Rep Ireland

Sunday, 07 September 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

McClean happy in Championship

Wigan winger James McClean has no fears dropping down a division will harm his international aspirations.

Last Updated: 14/08/13 at 12:53 Post Comment

James McClean: Happy to play at Wigan

James McClean: Happy to play at Wigan

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international took a pay cut to move from Premier League side Sunderland to relegated Wigan, making his debut in Sunday's Community Shield defeat by Manchester United.

The winger looked to have dropped down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light following Paolo Di Canio's acquisitions of Emanuele Giaccherini and David Moberg Karlsson during the summer.

With the World Cup less than a year off, McClean decided he needed to act and ensure he played first-team football on a regular basis, eventually settling on a move to the Latics.

Following Sunday's Wembley encounter with the Premier League champions, McClean has linked up with the Republic squad preparing for Wednesday's friendly against Wales in Cardiff, and is competing with Jon Walters and Robbie Brady for a starting spot.

And the former Derry City man has no doubt he will remain part of Giovanni Trapattoni's plans following his move to the DW Stadium.

He said: "I don't see it as a step down, it might be in terms of leagues but it is still a very hard competition.

"I see it as two steps forward. It was about moving my career on and there is a good squad there.

"Hopefully at the first time of asking we can go back in the Premier League and I'm sure we will.

"It was great to get some game time under my belt after a pre-season without much game time but it's now that you want to be hitting your stride and hopefully I can build from here.

"I want to play as much as I can."

While McClean has been an established part of the Republic set-up since Euro 2012, Yeovil's Paddy Madden is taking his first steps in international football.

The uncapped Glovers forward, who top scored in League One to help the club reach the Sky Bet Championship, has been called up after Trapattoni was hit by a spate of injuries to attacking players.

The 23-year-old said: "It's an amazing feeling. It is something you dream about and I am here now and want to enjoy it.

"I feel comfortable here, the lads have been great to me.

"I can see the standard of the players here, that extra bit of quality you need to play at the highest level.

"I am just happy to be here and it would be fantastic if I get a run-out on Wednesday."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

No concerns over Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will continue to deliver at the highest level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest injury comeback.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property