Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Ireland are back to take revenge' - James McClean's wife Erin predicts win

Cathal McMahon in Lyon

Published 26/06/2016 | 13:24

Erin McClean with her daughter Allie-Mae
Erin McClean with her daughter Allie-Mae

The wife of Ireland star James McClean has predicted a win today because the team are "back to take revenge".

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In an exclusive interview with Independent.ie Erin McClean, who is also from Derry, has spoken of her pride in the Irish fans and THAT controversial penalty decision that never was against Italy.

Erin was on her way to Ireland's crunch clash with France at the Stade Olympic Lyonais this afternoon.

Asked how the match will go, she said: "We are going to win. I honestly think they're that geared up for today and they're back to take revenge.

"I think we're going to do it. I'll be back for the quarter final, I wouldn't miss it.

"We are so excited after the last day and we are all so hopeful. We are going in for the win today."

Erin was in France for the first three matches before flying home with her daughter Allie Mae (2) and son James Jnr (9 months).

She returned home on Thursday and came back yesterday with Allie-Mae.

"She loves the football and would hate to miss it."

Erin was in the Stade Pierre Mauroy when Ireland secured a historic victory against Italy on Wednesday.

McClean was widely praised for his incredible performance on the night.

"It was the most amazing experience of my life. I have never been at anything like it before, I don't know if I ever will again.

"The atmosphere was incredible, especially when that goal went in, oh my god.

"It was unbelievable just because you know what it meant to the team, especially and the whole Ireland and the supporters.

"James had a great game, I'm so proud of him."

Erin was outside the stadium with her daughter Allie-Mae.

Decked out in her Irish jersey with 'Dad' and the number 11.

During the Italy clash McClean was pushed over for a clear penalty.

However the referee didn't give it, leaving the fans fuming.

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Erin recalled: "I just thought the exact same as everybody else. I screamed 'Referee'.

"It definitely should have been a penalty but when the ref makes his mind up there is nothing you can do, even the linesman gave it."

Erin explained that the team have been away a month and the victory meant "so much to them".

"The dedication they are putting into it, everything, they just deserve it.

"I have never seen James on so much of a high. He was just buzzing, so he was. The whole team bus was going mad."

McClean is now firmly established as a cult hero among the travelling fans and he is even the subject of a popular song.

Erin has head the controversial tune: "It's good that people support him. It's nice that people have written a song about him."

Erin, who is also from Derry, explained that they flew over yesterday when fans realised who she and Allie Mae were.

"Allie Mae was shouting on the plane 'Come on Daddy'. Everybody was like 'who?' Then they found out and they were nice.

"Everybody was just clapping and singing songs for her. It was incredible."

Erin has been following the stories about Irish fans and she said that she has been extremely impressed by the way they've behaved.

"It just makes you so proud to be Irish."

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