Tuesday 22 August 2017

McClean to skipper Ireland in 50th cap

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Ireland's James McClean is set to skipper the team on his 50th cap
Ireland's James McClean is set to skipper the team on his 50th cap
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

James McClean is in line to skipper Ireland in Friday morning's (1.0am) friendly against Mexico when he wins his 50th cap for his country.

The Derry native made himself available to Martin O'Neill for the game in New Jersey and the manager admitted that he would recognise his impressive milestone.

"You know what, I think that it would be worthwhile doing it if that's the case," O'Neill said yesterday before the squad flew to America.

"It is his 50th, isn't it? Yeah, if he starts the game I'm sure he will be captain. "For the 50th for a start and because he's got that great discipline about him which he just exudes whenever he plays.

"James will think he's nailed on for it. James would think that."

O'Neill didn't report any fresh injury concerns and insisted that Eunan O'Kane and Shane Duffy both emerged unscathed from the minor car crash that they were involved in on their way back from Derry to meet up with the Ireland squad at Abbotstown.

"Everyone is okay," O'Neill added.

"The two lads who were involved in the accident are training. They are a little bit sore but they wanted to do something which is good news."

The Ireland boss also confirmed that Aiden McGeady will link up with squad when they return from America ahead of Sunday's friendly against Uruguay at the Aviva.

 

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