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McCarthy: Debut delight

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James McCarthy hopes his debut with the Republic of Ireland will finally end speculation that he could play for Scotland.

The highly-rated Wigan midfielder made his Republic bow as a substitute in Tuesday's 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil.

It has been suggested the Scottish-born star could be lured into the Scotland senior fold under new boss Craig Levein, but McCarthy insists his allegiance was always to Ireland having represented them at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 level before his outing against Brazil.

"I was delighted just to get on the park and make my debut," McCarthy told skysports.com.

"That's it put to bed now [the Scotland speculation] and from day one I wasn't going to change anyway.

"I just need to keep working hard with my club and hopefully get more international recognition.

"I was a bit nervous about being the new boy in the squad but everyone made me welcome.

"They are a good bunch of lads and I am delighted to make my debut.

"It is brilliant to be honest to make your debut against top opposition like Brazil and the only disappointment was the result."