James McClean to wear number five jersey
The Ireland player is set to wear the jersey this Friday in honour of Ryan McBride.08:19 Wednesday 22 March 2017, 8:19 22 Mar 2017
James McClean is due to wear the number five jersey against Wales this Friday, to commemorate the memory of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.
Defender Richard Keogh is expected to start at centre-half for Ireland, but is said to have agreed to swap with McClean for the occasion, where a special tribute is being planned for McBride at the Aviva Stadium.
McClean, who has been given time off from Ireland training this week to attend McBride's funeral, paid a moving tribute to his friend on social media.
Tonight we lost someone i had the privilege to play along aside but also got on well with of the field, a warrior that literally would throw his body on the line when he pulled on that Derry City jersey, a club that meant so much to him, but more importantly a big gentleman of the field.. sleep tight big man may god bless you and your family 😔🔴⚪️ #5 #townilovedsowell
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27-year-old McBride was found dead in his bedroom on Sunday, having just played against Drogheda United on Saturday.
Coverage begins with the Off the Ball team from 7pm this Friday. Dave McIntyre is our live match commentator alongside Stephen Hunt on co-commentary and Nathan Murphy on sideline report. Joining Ger Girloy and the OTB team on analysis pre and post match from the Aviva Stadium will be Kevin Kilbane and more.
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