The home side were lifted by the introduction of the in-form Sunderland winger who says he will use the rest of the Premier League season to force his way onto the plane to Poland
The Sunderland winger was introduced as a substitute against Czech Republic in Dublin and reckons a seat on the plane to Poland depends on his club form between now and the end of the season.
Asked if he could make the final 23 for the tournament, he replied: “Obviously, I am not going to lie. I really hope it could happen but the only way that’s going to happen is if I’m playing well with Sunderland week in, week out.
“And then it’s up to the manager, Giovanni, so you never know, we’ll see.”
McClean came on a substitute in the 78th minute, for Spartak Moscow’s Aiden McGeady, to a huge Lansdowne Road roar - a welcome he says he will never forget.
“The reception was something I’ll keep with me for the rest of my life," he said. "It really meant a lot. I just couldn’t wait to get on the pitch.
“I got a bit of friendly banter from a few of the players; Shane Duffy said he thought it was David Beckham coming on.
“As I say it was a great reception and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
“I think the whole of Derry was there from the sounds of it, but I’ve had great support back home in Derry, throughout the whole city. It obviously means a lot.”
The former Derry City player was also keen to praise Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill, who he credits with his current form.
“I’m really enjoying my football at the minute. I am playing with a lot of confidence and that’s down to Sunderland and the gaffer, Martin O’Neill, giving me a chance and I think I am sort of blessed that nothing fazes me.
“At the end of the day I just want to play football."
The 22-year-old was speaking to reporters after the 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium.
Milan Baros opened the scoring for the visitors five minutes after the break but West Bromwich Albion’s Simon Cox, on as a substitute for Robbie Keane, equalised in the 86th minute.
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