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James McClean back on Twitter - 'colouring in' his football boots

Published 21/03/2013 | 14:15

James McClean takes a marker to his football boots
James McClean takes a marker to his football boots

HE may have closed his own account last month, but Ireland footballer James McClean is still getting into awkward situations on Twitter.

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The Derry-born player is currently in Sweden ahead of tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier - and has been photographed apparently 'colouring in' his football boots ahead of the big game.

 

The Sunderland midfielder James McClean closed down his Twitter account last month after finding himself embroiled in further controversy.

 

He had sparked an angry response when he tweeted about a Wolfe Tones song - the Broad Black Brimmer - which tells of a boy whose father is killed fighting for the IRA during the War of Independence.

 

McClean (23) has previously been abused on the social networking site after opting not to play for Northern Ireland, and for his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt.

 

He also landed himself in hot water with international manager Giovanni Trapattoni after expressing his disgust at being left out of the team for the World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan in September, and later issued an apology to the Italian.

 

His latest appearance is more embarrassing than anything else.

 

"Can't believe what I'm seeing!!," Ireland teammate James McCarthy said in a Tweet.

"The boy Mclean colouring in his boots!"

And he posted the picture as proof

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