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James McClean
Republic of Ireland

James McClean is a Republic of Ireland international who currently plays for Stoke City. Born on 22nd April 1989, in Derry, Northern Ireland, McClean made the breakthrough to senior football with Institute FC and then his hometown club, Derry City. The direct left-sided forward joined Premier League club Sunderland for £350,000 in August 2011, where he would spend two years before a £1m move to Championship side Wigan Athletic in August 2013. During two years with the Latics, McLean would feature in the UEFA Europa League and the 2014 Championship play-off semi-final against Queens Park Rangers, before West Bromwich Albion took him back into the Premier League in July 2015 by paying £1.5m for the winger. Having represented Northern Ireland up to U21 level, McClean opted to play for the Republic of Ireland at full international level – winning over 40 caps and featuring at UEFA Euro 2012 and 2016.