James McClean has sent a reflective message after what has been a tough week for the Republic of Ireland national team.
Stephen Kenny’s side have endured a hugely disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, losing 3-2 to Serbia last week.
On Saturday, they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to Luxembourg, with Gerson Rodrigues striking for the visitors in the 85th minute.
Yesterday, they drew 1-1 in a friendly with Qatar, meaning that the national side went winless in their three games during the international break.
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It was a special afternoon on a personal level for McClean, though, who picked up his 80th cap for the Republic of Ireland in Qatar.
He marked the occasion with an opening goal on four minutes, but was unable to help his side hold onto their lead and secure the win.
McClean has took to Instagram to reflect on a tough week for Ireland, but a special achievement for him on a personal level.
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McClean will now hope to return for Stoke City as soon as possible, and potentially feature against Bristol City on Good Friday.
Ireland should never be losing to Luxembourg, but it was a hugely disappointing night for them and they just didn’t turn up.
To reach 80 games for a country is some achievement, and to score his 11th goal for his country makes it even more special.
McClean has to put it behind him now, though, and help Stoke push for a strong end to the season under Michael O’Neill.