Goosebumps for McClean after Ireland debut

International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 29/2/2012 Republic of Ireland vs Czech Republic  Republic of Ireland's James McClean applauds the crowd after the game  Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Morgan Treacy
International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 29/2/2012 Republic of Ireland vs Czech Republic Republic of Ireland's James McClean applauds the crowd after the game Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Morgan Treacy
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Derry’s newest Ireland international James McClean says the reception he received as he made his debut left him with “goosebumps.”

Sunderland star McClean, who came on after 79 mins in last night’s match against the Czech Republic, received a standing ovation from the Aviva crowd as he took to the pitch.

“It was goosebumps, it was a tremendous reception. It’s an honour to play for my country and something I have dreamed of growing up as a fan,” he said.

Now the former Derry winger says he’ll work hard to make it to this summer’s Euro championships.

“That’s not my decision, it’s the manager’s decision. Any player, it’s a dream to play for your country at a major tournament.

“I’ll just continue to play well for Sunderland week in, week out and come the summer, you never know.”

McClean was one of three Derry men to play in last night’s internationals. Paddy McCourt and Shane Ferguson both featured for Northern Ireland in their defeat against Norway.