James McClean is looking forward to his first taste of the Tyne-Wear derby when Newcastle host Sunderland on Sunday.
The 22-year-old made his Republic of Ireland debut on Wednesday and is hoping to cap a good week by ending Sunderland's 12-year wait for a win at St James' Park.
Having been given a fantastic welcome by the fans in Dublin when he came off the bench in midweek, the winger knows the reception could be slightly different on Tyneside.
McClean said: "I am expecting that. I know the rivalry up there now having been there six months, and it's really intense.
"But I am looking forward to it. I can't wait. It's another experience in my career.
"They are really passionate about the derby up in the north-east and we will go there and hopefully bounce back from a disappointing defeat [at West Brom]."