James McClean has urged any players hoping to comply with in the footsteps of Declan Rice to “*** off and play for an individual else”, per RTE.
Rice won 3 caps for the Republic of Ireland, all of which came in friendlies, but declared his international allegiance to England and produced his 3 Lions debut in the five- win more than the Czech Republic final week.
What’s the word?
McClean, a controversial figure who has consistently hit the headlines due to his refusal to put on a poppy about Remembrance Sunday, played with the West Ham star for Ireland.
Certainly, he has won 63 caps for Ireland, and he says that Rice should really not have switched allegiance, getting previously expressed his pride at playing for the Boys in Green.
McClean, although, produced a equivalent selection when he was younger. He won seven caps for Northern Ireland’s Beneath-21 side, getting been born in Derry.
Speaking in an interview with RTE, he stated: “He stated he was a proud Irishman. Then he stated he was a proud Englishman.
“If he’s both… excellent luck to him but I do not get it. I assume you are either 1 or the other.
“I was with Derry City when I got the contact-up to play for the North, and I turned it down mainly because it is not my nation, it is under no circumstances been my nation. I’m an Irishman.
“It’s not just Declan, it is everyone else. If you are not proud to be right here and we’re a stepping-stone, then *** off and play for an individual else.
“I’m an Irishman. I grew up on the island of Ireland, easy as that. We only want players right here who want to play for Ireland, who really feel Irish and are proud to be Irish.”
This is rank hypocrisy from McClean.
He is uniquely positioned to be conscious of how tricky a selection Rice faced.
He chose England, of course, and explained why in an eloquent statement thereafter, claiming, per Football London: “Like so numerous men and women about the globe, I look at myself to be of mixed nationality. I am a proud Englishman, getting been born and raised in London. Nonetheless, I am just as proud of my family’s Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the nation.”
McClean is clearly deaf to that. He does not even claim to have an understanding of what Rice has been by means of in spite of his personal individual encounter in playing for a distinct nation at youth level.
Possibly he is merely attempting to get himself some goodwill amongst Ireland’s fans. If so, this is a shameful way of going about it.