McCarthy amazed by winger

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY PAUL O’HE­HIR

JAMES McCLEAN’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and work ethic is ‘be­yond ex­cep­tional’, ac­cord­ing to Mick McCarthy.

The Stoke City man put his club’s strug­gles be­hind him to play a key role in Ire­land’s fight back against Switzer­land.

He showed great tenac­ity to close down Swiss right wing-back Kevin Mbabu in the dy­ing stages, rob­bing him of pos­ses­sion be­fore cross­ing for David McGoldrick’s goal.

“He was amaz­ing,” purred McCarthy who will de­cide in his own mind later to­day whether to play or rest the winger against Bul­garia on Tues­day.

“It was in­cred­i­ble. I mean the shift he put in – that guy (Mbabu) was quick enough, so for James to run back and nick it off him was amaz­ing.”

McClean of­ten saves his best work for the green shirt and McCarthy has yet to sub­sti­tute him in a game.

“His pride, his de­sire to play for Ire­land is in­cred­i­ble,” said the Ire­land boss. “He gets full sup­port from the crowd, gets a real lift from it, a real buzz from it.

“He’s a fab­u­lous pro. He works his socks off and he doesn’t drink. He’s a great ath­lete and a plea­sure to have in the squad.”

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