Monday 18 November 2019

'I couldn't care less what Jurgen Klopp says' - James McClean offers blunt response to Nations League jibe

James McClean and Jurgen Klopp (inset).
James McClean and Jurgen Klopp (inset).
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Ireland star James McClean has hit back at Jurgen Klopp's assessment of the UEFA Nations League after the Liverpool manager had strong criticism for the new international competition.

The mini-league has replaced the majority of international friendlies with Ireland set to face Denmark at home on Saturday before hosting Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

It will be Martin O'Neill's side's second foray into the competition after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Wales in the opening game last month. Ireland have something to prove after the lopsided loss and McClean was withering when asked about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's dismissal of the Nations League as "the most senseless competition in the world".

He said: "We're here to play for our country. It doesn't matter whether it's a friendly, a UEFA Nations League (game) or a qualifier. It means something. It means everything - well, to me anyway.

"I couldn't care less what Jurgen Klopp says, to be honest. I'm here to represent Ireland and that means everything."

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