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Meet Erin - Ireland goal scorer James McClean's proud wife and mum of their three kids

There was one picture that summed up the joy of Ireland's victory against Wales to ensure Ireland qualified for the World Cup play-offs: James McClean embracing his wife Erin.

After scoring the winning goal at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday night, all eyes were on Erin, the mother of two and long-term partner of the Derry footballer. The couple wed in suitably lavish style in 2016, exchanging vows at St Columb's Church, Co Derry, before descending on the private Drenagh Estate for a plush reception with family and friends.

Theirs has been a romance that has spanned seven years and two children - Erin recently gave birth to their third child Willow Ivy in August, a little sister for their eldest daughter Allie (four) and James Jr (two), who are still too little to see their dad play in person.

Erin, a nursing graduate, prefers life away from the spotlight, but is vocal on social media about supporting her husband. In 2015, she gave a rare, and brief, interview speaking about her parenting routine, alongside the couple's best friend Rory Kelly, who revealed McClean had his eye on his now-wife "for quite awhile" before working up the courage to speak to her at a Derry nightclub in 2010.

 

"We were in the Metro nightclub in Derry when he saw Erin," Rory told the Irish Daily Star at the time. "I think he had his eye on her for quite a while." The West Brom player is dedicated to the cause of representing the Republic of Ireland - the newlyweds famously postponed their honeymoon so he could focus on Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

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