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James McClean Reveals His Thoughtful Plans For Number 5 Jersey

James McClean Reveals His Thoughtful Plans For Number 5 Jersey

On a Friday night dominated by a horror tackle by Neil Taylor on Seamus Coleman, the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Wales in their World Cup Qualifier and James McClean won 'Man of the Match' after a week in which two individuals he was close to - Derry City captain Ryan McBride and former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness - passed away.

McClean was interviewed by Sky Sports after the game. As usual, his honesty shone through.

It's been a very tough week for the town of Derry and a very tough week for myself personally. Two great lads that I had two good relationships with passed away. Ryan who I obviously played with at Derry City and (knew) off the field as well, Martin who was a huge figure in my life more so in the last few years - I got to know him really well and had a very good relationship with him. In the space of two days them two passing, it was very tough but tonight I tried to put all my emotion into my performances and hopefully I did the two lads proud.

McClean said he got "all my emotion out" in his hotel room and said the Ireland players and managers "rallied around" him.

And McClean was asked about his wearing of the number 5 jersey in tribute to McBride.

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I thought it would be a nice touch, with the jersey if the family want it I think I should give it to them because again I think that would be a nice touch. It's been a tough week for all of us, but I can't imagine the pain they're going through and my thoughts are always with them.

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