McCarthy makes Ireland pledge
James McCarthy has pledged his future to Ireland, despite reports that he could switch allegiance to Scotland.
Last Updated: 16/02/10 3:15pm
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has pledged his future to the Republic of Ireland, despite reports that he could switch allegiance to Scotland.
Although he was born in Glasgow, 19-year-old McCarthy has represented Ireland at youth and Under 21 level and wants to be considered for selection by senior coach Giovanni Trapattoni.
Last month, new Scotland boss Craig Levein stated that he would attempt to widen his search for prospective internationals, but McCarthy insists he is content playing for Ireland.
He told the Wigan Evening Post: "I know there's been a lot of stories going around but, as it is, nothing's changed and I'm still with the Republic of Ireland.
"Ireland believed in me, they've been great with me, they've done a lot for me and I'm happy to play for them.
"But, for the moment, I just want to work hard for Wigan Athletic, concentrate on my club football and try and establish myself as a Premier League player."
The former Hamilton playmaker has made five appearances for the Republic of Ireland Under 21s, scoring three goals.