Sunderland's James McClean has added to the controversy about his decision to play for the Republic of Ireland with his latest comments.
The 23-year-old Derry-born winger represented Northern Ireland at youth level, but his decision to play for the Republic seniors has incensed fans.
McClean has been forced to close down his Twitter account after a tirade of abuse over his decision.
Nevertheless, it is a decision the winger is happy with and one that he feels will enable him to play in a more relaxed atmosphere.
"I think any Catholic would be lying if they said they did feel at home, seeing all those flags [Union Jacks] and hearing the songs and chants," he told the Irish Independent.
"For me, I didn't feel a part of it. It's probably the wrong thing to say, but it was just a stepping stone in my career.
"When I signed for Sunderland, my dream of playing for Ireland became realistic."
McClean has thrived in the second half of the campaign and his form did not go unnoticed by national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
And the £350,000 purchase from Derry City insists he is not going to the Euros just to make up the numbers.
He added: "I'm in the squad and I'm delighted to be in the squad. But I'm not going to be here just to make up the numbers and leave it at that."
The situation of his young charge is something Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill can identify with to some extent.
He too is Catholic and from Northern Ireland, however, he earned his caps with the country of his birth and believes McClean's decision to close his Twitter account will help defuse the situation.
O'Neil said: "It didn't exist in my time, but it is something that has cropped up now, the possibility of playing for either side, and that's something that James has done.
"He has been on twittering and he has been doing that for some time. He has been given advice in closing the account down, so at least that's gone.
"He is going to get some sort of a reaction to it from somewhere, but I am not so sure he should be reacting to the reactions, as it were.
"Whether it's the end of it or not (I don't know) ...but at least the Twitter account has gone."