McClean Features In All-Ireland Clash

James McClean

JAMES McCLEAN played over an hour for the Republic of Ireland last night as they recorded a goalless draw against neighbours Northern Ireland.

In an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium the Potters winger featured for 66 minutes before being one of a number of players to be substituted.

Another one of those to make way as Martin O’Neill utilised his squad and tried different options was former Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan who picked up his 85th cap for the Republic.

The 34-year-old was handed the armband for the clash in Dublin and captained the Republic in what is likely to be his final appearance for his country.

Eire are next in action on Monday evening when they make the trip to Denmark for their final UEFA Nations League group game.

Elsewhere yesterday evening, Jack Butland was an unused substitute as England cruised to a 3-0 victory over the United States of America at Wembley Stadium.

Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson were all on the scoresheet in the Wayne Rooney Foundation international friendly.

Rooney himself came off the bench to play the final half an hour and collect his 120th, and final cap, for the Three Lions at the home of English football.

Gareth Southgate’s side are back in action on Sunday when they host Croatia in a winner takes all UEFA Nations League clash.

Victory for England will see them progress to the finals of the competition next year, but a score draw or defeat will mean they suffer relegation from League A.