McClean in shop window

James McClean
James McClean

JAMES McClean will be in the shop window this weekend when Ireland kick-off the week that could make-or-break their European Championship qualification hopes.

Ireland entertain England on Sunday in a glamour friendly international to ready themselves for their crucial Euro ‘16 qualifier against Scotland six days later.

In between they have a behind-closed-doors clash against Northern Ireland, meaning a trio of testing challenges to negotiate.

The Latics winger will have the additional pressure of playing for his immediate future, with several would-be suitors keeping close tabs on his situation.

McClean has issued several not-too-subtle hints that he is not prepared to drop into League One with Latics, and is widely expected to move on to pastures new.

But until a club meets Wigan’s asking price, McClean remains their player – although a continuation of his sparkling form on the international stage may force the issue.

And Wigan’s reigning Player of the Year admits there’s plenty to play for

“It’s a huge week,” McClean acknowledged. “The two friendlies will be very competitive and that England game speaks for itself.

“We all know the players from the three sides pretty well and they know us.”

Regarding his future, he added: “I’m just focusing on these games, and what happens, happens.”