McClean relishing derby

Winger looking forward to first taste of Tyne-Wear clash

James McClean: Looking forward to derby game

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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]."