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James McClean will make his punditry debut on Sunday for Eir Sport

Journal.ie logo Journal.ie 13/09/2018 Aaron Gallagher
Republic of Ireland's James McClean before the match © Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers Republic of Ireland's James McClean before the match

JAMES MCCLEAN WILL swap the pitch for the studio on Sunday afternoon, with the Ireland international set to make his punditry debut during Eir Sport’s coverage of this year’s EA Sports Cup final.

Derry City host Cobh Ramblers at the Brandywell at 4pm, with Kenny Shiels and Stephen Henderson battling for the first major piece of silverware of the season.

McClean made his name playing for Derry in the League of Ireland, making 79 appearances and scoring 16 goals for the club before earning a move to Sunderland in 2011.

McClean has made 59 appearances for Ireland. © Ryan Byrne INPHO McClean has made 59 appearances for Ireland.

The 29-year-old Stoke City attacker made his debut for the Candystripes in 2008, before spending three seasons at the club where he picked up an SSE Airtricity League First Division title in 2010.

He will join former Shelbourne, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon as guests for Sunday’s final.

It is Cobhs’ first ever appearance in a major cup final, following their shock semi-final victory against holders Dundalk at the beginning of August at St Colman’s Park.

Derry, meanwhile, are looking to secure their first piece of silverware under boss Shiels and their first trophy since claiming the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium in 2012.

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