James McCarthy returned to the scene of one of his career highlights on Wednesday evening, playing the full 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly match against England at Wembley Stadium, and winning his 12th international cap in the process.
It was the third time McCarthy stepped out onto the Wembley turf in just over a month, having helped Latics to FA Cup glory against Millwall in the semi final and Manchester City in the Final.
On this occasion he helped Giovanni Trapattoni’s Irish team to a hard fought 1-1 draw against the Three Lions, with Shane Long scoring the opening goal and Frank Lampard hitting home an equaliser, both in the first half.
The game also saw former Latics players Leighton Baines and Conor Sammon come off the bench in the second half to make an appearance.
Republic of Ireland’s next fixture will be against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday 2 June in another friendly match, whilst Roger Espinoza and Maynor Figueroa prepare to take on Israel on the same day.