Thursday 23 November 2017

WATCH: James McClean belts out tunes with his family on the drive home from Wales

Erin McClean/Instagram
Erin McClean/Instagram
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland winger James McClean scored the match winner in Ireland's 1-0 win over Wales on Monday as Martin O'Neill's side advanced to the FIFA World Cup play-offs.

McClean's second-half strike was enough to see Ireland claim second in the group and to celebrate McClean and his partner Erin sang several Irish songs on their drive home.

The McClean's, accompanied by friends, sing along to Joseph Plunkett's 'Grace', the Wolfe Tones' 'Celtic Symphony' among other celtic songs on a joyous drive home from Cardiff City Stadium.

The West Brom midfielder described his winning goal in Wales as the best moment of his career, as he sounded the rallying cry ahead of next month’s play-offs.

A potentially daunting match against Italy or Portugal may now lie in wait for Martin O’Neill’s side, with McClean sprinkling a note of caution after his magic moment in the Welsh capital.

“This will mean nothing if we don’t go on and win the play-off,” declared the Ireland talisman. “We will take whoever we get and have a real go and after this, we feel we can beat anyone.

“It was my best goal for Ireland by far. It was a great dummy from Harry (Arter). Whether or not he knew I was behind him only he will know, but it was a great moment. There is no better feeling. It’s class.

“A lot of people wrote us off and didn’t give us a chance tonight, but we showed our quality when we needed to and we will enjoy this now.”

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