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James McCarthy reaffirms commitment to Ireland

11 February 2011 5,040 views No Comment Written by Michael

With Scotland’s Daily Record leading their sports section with the following headline, things have become a lot more clearer about James McCarthy’s international future over the past 24 hours:

Yesterday, we reported on comments from Wigan’s manager Roberto Martinez and midfielder James McArthur, but that they were merely speculative, and proved nothing about McCarthy’s intentions. On the other hand, Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni had sworn to include the 20 year old in the squad for next month’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia.

Although the Daily Record has that headline on their front page today, and allegedly quotes McCarthy on their website claiming “There was never the slightest chance of of me switching to Scotland.” The article itself only has one solitary quote from someone only known as a source close to the star, who says “James is not having second thoughts. He has chosen Ireland and is far too honourable to switch.”

Whether the Daily Record story was true or not, it proved irrelevant as official clarification came last night as McCarthy’s agent and advisor George Gray appeared on Scottish radio, declaring that McCarthy was firmly an Irish player. “I have spoken to James and his family at great length this morning,” said Gray. “All he wants to do is concentrate on his football.

“He plays for the Republic of Ireland and has done since he was 17. He’s looking forward to an illustrious career with them and wants this put to bed once and for all.

“The FAI have been incredibly supportive towards James for a long time, so there is no way he will be jumping ship. He’s staying where he is.”

Gray also spoke to the Sun, and reiterated McCarthy’s stance: “He is 100 per cent committed to playing for the Republic of Ireland and doesn’t know where this has come from.

“He didn’t travel for the Carling Nations Cup because of a persistent ankle injury. It’s as simple as that.

“There has been no discussion between James or anyone from Scotland. Until this week it wasn’t even an issue.

“I have spoken to James and his family at great length this morning. All he wants to do is concentrate on his football.

“He plays for the Republic of Ireland and has done since he was 17. He’s looking forward to an illustrious career with them and wants this put to bed once and for all.

“The FAI have been incredibly supportive towards James for a long time, so there is no way he will be jumping ship. He’s staying where he is.”

While some may have expected McCarthy himself to come out and speak to journalists directly, the youngster has always preferred Gray to speak to the media, allowing McCarthy to focus fully on his football. When he was at Hamilton, he preferred to let Gray talk about any speculation regarding his future and a potential move to Celtic or the Premier League. “I leave it to my advisor George Gray to deal with it because I just want to concentrate on football,” McCarthy said in December 2007. “It’s good to be mentioned in the papers about who wants me and this and that. And, yeah, sometimes I might be lying in bed thinking about what might happen but I’ve got to focus on my football and not let the talk get to me.”

The Republic of Ireland play Macedonia on the 26th of March at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

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