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McClean ready for Ireland start at EURO 2016

17 June 2016

Baggies midfielder tipped to face Belgium

ALBION man James McClean is hoping to continue the Albion success story at the Euros in the Republic of Ireland's second group game.

McClean is being tipped to start against Belgium which would give the Baggies a "full set" for the finals where James Chester, Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans have all featured in the starting X1s for their countries.

Chester's heartbreak for Wales yesterday was followed by the sheer elation of the McAuley-Evans combo in Northern Ireland's brilliant win over Ukraine.

It means all four teams from Britain and Ireland could yet reach the Round of 16 and  Republic manager Martin O'Neill has dropped a broad hint that McClean will face the heavily-backed but so far disappointing Belgians in Bordeaux on Saturday (2pm).

O'Neill needs to replace the injured Jon Walters and the Baggies wide man is the hot tip to take his place.

He says: “James has never let us down.

"James has done great for us. James at this minute, the way he trains for us, he is probably unlucky not to be in the starting line-up. So he would certainly come into our consideration but there would be a few others too."

The Republic drew their opening Group  clash against Sweden 1-1 during which McClean was a second-half substitute for the Stoke City forward.

Despite their huge array of talent, Belgium are under pressure with a below-par performance in a 2-0 defeat to Italy in their opening game.


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