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27 Mar 2019 14:06:28
James McLean gets a lot of bad press down south, but I like him he stands by his convictions, and is not scared to say it how it is, he's criticised Declan rice who got 3 full caps for the republic, but jumped ship to play for england, his ancestors will be spinning in there graves hope he's not planning any home visits any time soon.

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27 Mar 2019 15:01:43
I would love him at the hoops. The orcs and media would go into meltdown mode Get the Rebel for the Quadruple Treble 🍀.

27 Mar 2019 15:52:40
He's a more than decent player besides what baggage the boy brings it's mainly down to ignorance.

27 Mar 2019 16:21:54
Same as lennon james mcClean born to play for celtic.

27 Mar 2019 16:30:09
I don't think players should be able to do it once they're already capped Mally but until the rules change he's well within his rights. At the end of the day he's an Englishman, born and raised, and we all know how much playing for the national team means to them (I wish some of the Scotland players shared that enthusiasm at times) . ROI was clearly just a back up option via his grandparents but he must feel he has a better chance of success at that level with England.

27 Mar 2019 18:52:29
Did James MClean not change the country he represented?

27 Mar 2019 18:59:18
James McLean is a man of principle and worthy of respect. He does fantastic work in Derry and would walk over glass to play for Celtic. His perceived ‘baggage’ is attributable to English ignorance as to why James McLean takes the politics stance he does. Unjustified and injustifiable. And I’ve no time for the Keanes of this world and God forbid he’s ever our manager. He should never have played for us and should never manage us with or without the beard.

27 Mar 2019 19:10:21
Aye jim he played for northern Ireland at a few different levels but not the main team.

27 Mar 2019 19:17:43
And what ‘country’ did James McLean represent JimTim before he changed pray tell?

27 Mar 2019 19:39:07
Country, Province, whatever you choose to call it. He changed, for reasons that were his. And Declan Rice has changed, for reasons that are his.

27 Mar 2019 19:59:48
JimTim-he refused a call up from the North OF Ireland. The question is not whatever I choose to call it the question was it’s what ‘country’ did he play for and ‘change’ which was your assertion and you didn’t answer. The implication was that it’s something James McLean should be ashamed of and puts him in the same category as Declan Rice.

27 Mar 2019 20:11:29
He refused a call up for the north because he sees himself as Irish in a united Ireland.

27 Mar 2019 20:14:48
Spot on Mallythetally 67 👍.

27 Mar 2019 20:54:04
There was no implication that he should be ashamed at all. The same for Rice.

27 Mar 2019 21:27:18
He played 7 times for northern Ireland under 21s. So jim is right he switched nations.

27 Mar 2019 22:15:37
Completely agree with your take on Keane, JFP and regarding James McLean, anyone who chooses to judge another person on their choice to wear or not wear a poppy is guilty of more than just ignorance. There is a clear agenda behind all this poppy policing and those who take part in it should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. To use it as an excuse to demonise others, demonstrates a lack of respect for the very people they claim to be honouring.

27 Mar 2019 23:05:06
Kevboy. Rice was a great young Irish man when he was playing under-age football for the ROI. He even pledged his support to the RA . He played 3 full Internationals for ROI and was then poached by England and Souhgate . The reason FIFA changed their rules that players could change allegiances after playing full internationals , to now that a player is only tied to a Country after competitive games was to stop the bigger Countries Hoarding players by playing youngsters in friendly games . England with a population of 55 millions have done the opposite poaching Rice from a Country of 5 m.
England always seems to think that Ireland is a little country subject to its master England.

28 Mar 2019 12:55:59
Regardless of why the rules were changed Chris, the player was born and raised in England and decided he would rather play for them than ROI.

28 Mar 2019 13:45:33
Kevbhoy why did he play for ROI underage teams and 3 full internationals for ROI before deciding to play for England . Why did his hair stand on the back of his neck when he was Irish and heard the National Anthem .
The only thing. I think may have affected him was that idiot Roy Keane picking fights with R OI players within his ear shot.



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