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Mark Sykes is right to follow his Republic of Ireland dream, says James McClean


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James McClean

James McClean

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On the ball: Republic of Ireland ace James McClean takes on Northern Ireland in a 2018 friendly

On the ball: Republic of Ireland ace James McClean takes on Northern Ireland in a 2018 friendly

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James McClean

James McClean has thrown his support behind Oxford United star Mark Sykes' decision to declare for the Republic of Ireland.

Both McClean and Sykes represented Northern Ireland at various youth levels as they developed their careers here before joining clubs in England.

Now former Glenavon midfielder Sykes has indicated that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Stoke City winger McClean, who has won 72 caps for the Republic since his debut in 2012.