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James McClean defended by West Brom captain Darren Fletcher over anthem storm

By Staff Reporter

West Bromwich Albion captain Darren Fletcher has defended team-mate James McClean after the winger became embroiled in political controversy.

The Derry-born Republic of Ireland international refused to face the cross of St George during the national anthem in Albion's pre-season tour of America.

Fletcher praised Albion fans for getting behind McClean when they played Swindon on Saturday.

"I have a bit of an insight into it, because my mum is Irish and I have got family in Derry," the Scot told the Birmingham Mail.

"He's got strong beliefs and it is great that he has those beliefs. He has not caused anyone any harm, the fans got behind him at the weekend and that speaks volumes of the Albion fans."

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