Episode 2758: McClean Calls It A Day, Mbappe Goes To Newcastle, Many World Cup’s
James McClean has announced his forthcoming international football retirement after the Ireland-New Zealand friendly in November – although, perhaps surprisingly, he has not made the latest Ireland squad for the games next weekend against Greece and Gibraltar. We reflect on some of the memorable moments of McClean’s 102 caps career…
We also talk about the 2030 and 2034 World Cups, Kylian Mbappe’s bad night on Tyneside and Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion of a Spurs-Liverpool replay, before John Brewin and Mark Critchley join us to talk about the midweek Champions League.
Saudi largesse notwithstanding, how has Eddie Howe (and Jason Tindall) managed to get Newcastle playing the kind of dominant, aggressive high-tempo football that has hardly been seen at Manchester United since Alex Ferguson retired? And what are their mature reflections on “Well done boys, good process”?
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