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It's up to James McClean to show that his great away days are not in the past

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Green to go: James McClean celebrates scoring Ireland’s winning goal during the World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2017 at Cardiff City Stadium. STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE

Green to go: James McClean celebrates scoring Ireland’s winning goal during the World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2017 at Cardiff City Stadium. STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE

Green to go: James McClean celebrates scoring Ireland’s winning goal during the World Cup qualifier against Wales in 2017 at Cardiff City Stadium. STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE

For three years now, three different Ireland managers have looked for, but not found, what was needed on foreign fields.

Since a 1-0 win in Wales in the World Cup qualifiers in 2017, Ireland have played eight competitive away games with just one win, 1-0 in Gibraltar, which was so poor it barely merits a mention.


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