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McCarthy: Sticking with Ireland

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Hamilton youngster James McCarthy has confirmed he is keeping his international allegiances with the Republic of Ireland.

The Glasgow-born 17-year-old qualifies for the Republic through his grandfather and has represented the country at Under 17, Under 18 and Under 21 level.

The Scottish Football Association were hoping to persuade him to switch his allegiance to the country of his birth.

However, McCarthy has decided to stick with his choice of playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Flattered

"I'm really flattered that Scotland were interested in me," McCarthy told the Scottish Sun.

"It's a huge compliment. The fact is I'd already made my decision.

"Ireland have been absolutely brilliant to me and my family and I couldn't turn my back on them.

"I felt that if I had done that I would have embarrassed myself.

"All I want to do is play football - I don't want to embarrass myself by chopping and changing countries."