An Irishman Abroad

James McClean: Episode 196

June 17, 2017

This week Ireland and West Brom winger James McClean joined Jarlath for a fascinating conversation about the highs and lows of football and his thoughts on the modern game. James discusses how football has become a softer sport (10:00), why the life of a footballer is far from a life of luxury (12:00) and how the Irish team need to be ruthless to make it to the World Cup (45:00).

From giving grief to Séamus Coleman to lighten the mood after breaking his leg (29:00), to his aspiration of finishing his career at Derry City FC (37:00), how he very nearly signed for New York Red Bulls (34:00), and why he says that being booed is ‘kind of great’ (15:00), this episode is a fascinating insight into one of Ireland's greatest footballers.

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