A delighted James McClean took to social media to convey his joy to his thousands of fans minutes after the Republic of Ireland qualified for the 2016 European Championship finals on Monday evening.
Derry born footballer, McClean, is a firm favourite with Ireland boss, Martin O’Neill and should be joined on the plane to France next year by fellow Derry men, Darron Gibson and Shane Duffy as well as Donegal native, Seamus Coleman.
“Means everything this, what a group of lads, what a country, proud to be Irish, see yous in France YEOOO!!,” tweeted McClean moments after the final whistle was blown on Ireland’s play-off match with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Martin O’Neill’s men drew 1-1 in Sarajevo last week but went through to the finals when they won 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Monday.
McClean also tweeted a photograph of himself with fellow Derry men and Republic of Ireland internationals Darron Gibson and Shane Duffy in the changing room after the game.
McClean, who has a love/hate relationship with Northern Ireland fans also tweeted: “Send you a postcard they said, enjoy your holidays they said, watch it on TV they said...”
The draw for the 2016 European Championship finals in France will take place in Paris on December 12.