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Ireland’s James McClean announces his retirement from international football

Republic of Ireland international James McClean has confirmed his retirement from international football.

The winger known for his unwavering passion for his country has decided to hang up his boots after the November international break.

He became the seventh Irish player to make 100 international appearances in a 3-0 home win against Gibraltar in a 2024 European Championship qualifier earlier this year.

His last appearance will be in the upcoming friendly match against New Zealand, scheduled for next month at the Aviva Stadium.

McClean expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Irish managers who entrusted him with the green jersey – Giovanni Trapattoni, Martin O’Neill, Mick McCarthy and Stephen Kenny.

He also thanked his teammates, coaching staff, fans and wife for their unwavering support.

McClean has courted controversy throughout his career, with his passionate political views generating plenty of conflict.

His refusal to wear the poppy – a symbol commonly associated with Remembrance Sunday – led to him receiving abuse in stadiums nationwide.

He received criticism for his move from Wigan Athletic to Wrexham this summer, with some fans suggesting his move to League Two was motivated by money.

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny will announce the squad for the upcoming 2024 European Championship qualifiers against Greece and Gibraltar later today.

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