Wednesday , May 12 2021

O'Neill will talk to McClean before the conflicts of Northern Ireland



Martin O'Neill is talking to James McClean under the fears that the supporters of Northern Ireland could be targeted for his decision not to wear a Painking Day poppy.

Once again, Stoke's midfielder saw himself in the distribution line in the period of the Day to the Real Estate because of his long stance over the annual tribute to war veterans, and avoiding a penalty from the Football Association following his response in the social media flin.

Since then, campaigners have called on the football authorities to identify what they are anti-Ireland racism in the game as a result of events including McClean and Hibernian manager Neil Lennon.

In the short term, the Republic of Ireland, who has been born in Derry, internationally, whose objections related to Throubles in Northern Ireland, had to play a game again at the Aviva Stadium during a friendly evening of Thursday .

He replied who was afraid that it could be a problem, says O'Neill: "James had been suffering from illness in the family yesterday, so I can not have a chance to talk to him. He's just come here morning, although he has trained this morning, and I will talk to him over the next 24 hours.

"Naturally, I hope I will not be a problem, but I do not know."

However, Captain of the Republic, Seamus Coleman, called for supporters to respect McClean's decision, which he explained in a statement of expression during his time at Wigan and insisted he would be wearing a poppy if he only remembered dead both World Wars and not subsequent conflicts.

Coleman said: "Look, James is fit to treat himself, as people know. James clearly pointed to the painkiller's situation three or four years ago when he was in Wigan.

"He gave a statement and tried to be as respectful as it could in that statement, and I think that he needs to be respected for his decision.

"The part of Ireland in which he was brought up, he is close to his home and he has his opinion on him and we are in the world of days in which people should respect people's opinions."

It will be a significant night for Derryman O'Neill, who won 64 caps for Northern Ireland and was renowned as they reached the 1982 World Cup final after capturing forces in Spain.

O'Neill asked if there was a conflict at any time, he said: "After spending that time in North Wales, I've been capped 64 times, I think there will be a casual test , ie.

"Naturally, I had a great time with the North. We had a very real side, especially in 1982, and the night in Valencia will be remembered forever. It was great, by beat the warehouse nation, Spain, and go to the last quarter. "

O'Neill has lost Shane Long's assault to injury and has included Michael Obafemi, a 18-year-old Southampton co-member, who is also eligible for England and Nigeria, in his last squad.

He also keeps the hope of persuading Declan Rice to choose the Republic of Ireland after the young man has said in an interview that he is still making his decision, with England also keen to secure his services.

O'Neill said: "I've been hopeful every time, but I've never been more than that. But it's probably definitely conflicting."


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