James McCarthy (footballer)
McCarthy playing for Everton in 2015
|Full name||James Patrick McCarthy|
|Date of birth||12 November 1990|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2007||Republic of Ireland U17||3||(1)|
|2007||Republic of Ireland U18||2||(2)|
|2007–2008||Republic of Ireland U19||2||(0)|
|2008–2011||Republic of Ireland U21||7||(1)|
|2010–||Republic of Ireland||41||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:51, 1 July 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:51, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
McCarthy made over 100 appearances for Hamilton Academical as a teenager, before being transferred to Wigan in 2009 for an initial £1.2 million which was a record sale fee for Hamilton Academical. Born and raised in Scotland, McCarthy elected to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level and made his competitive debut for their senior team on 26 March 2011 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia. McCarthy was included in the Irish squad at UEFA Euro 2016.
McCarthy was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He is the youngest child of Willie and Marie McCarthy, and is a former student of St Margaret Mary's Secondary School in Castlemilk. He grew up supporting Celtic, and would later try out for their youth teams, but was turned down due to the large number of players the club had already taken on.
McCarthy made his debut for Hamilton against Queen of the South as a substitute on 30 September 2006, becoming the youngest player to play for Hamilton Academical in the 21st century. His full debut came against Airdrie United on 11 November 2006; a day before his 16th birthday. On 6 January 2007, at 16 years and 55 days old, McCarthy became the youngest player ever to score in Hamilton Academical's history when he scored in a Scottish Cup defeat against Livingston.
On 17 May 2008, after a season which saw his club promoted to the Scottish Premier League, McCarthy signed a new three-year contract with the club. He won the SPFA Young Player of the Year award for the 2008–09 season.
Hamilton accepted a bid for McCarthy from Wigan Athletic on 16 July 2009. He completed the move to Wigan on 21 July, on a five-year deal, believed to be worth just under £1.2 million. The fee could rise to £3.0 million depending on appearances. McCarthy made his debut for Wigan on 22 August 2009, as a 74th-minute substitute in a 5–0 defeat to Manchester United. He scored his first goal for Wigan in the FA Cup third round victory against fellow Premier League team Hull City on 2 January 2010, and marked his first Premier League start with a goal in a 2–0 victory away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 16 January 2010.
After an impressive start to the 2010–11 season, he picked up a serious ankle injury against Bolton Wanderers on 23 October 2010, keeping him out of action for three months. He scored on his return to the line-up against Aston Villa on 25 January 2011. On 5 February 2011, McCarthy scored twice in a 4–3 victory against Blackburn Rovers. Later in the month, McCarthy was at the centre of controversy in Wigan's 4–0 defeat to Manchester United after being elbowed by United striker Wayne Rooney. A free kick was awarded to Wigan for the incident, but Rooney received no further punishment. Although McCarthy was praised for staying on his feet following the clash, Wigan team mate and captain Gary Caldwell felt that Rooney would have been sent off had McCarthy reacted by going to ground.
In August 2012, McCarthy signed a new five-year contract at the club. He was part of the Wigan Athletic team that overcame Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final, the first outfield Irishman to win an FA Cup in seven years; afterwards he hailed manager Roberto Martínez as "a tactical genius".
On 2 September 2013, McCarthy rejoined former Wigan manager Roberto Martínez at Everton, signing a long term deal worth £13m to become the club's second most expensive player in their history. He forged a partnership with Gareth Barry which was a key factor in Everton amassing 72 points during the campaign, a club record in the Premier League. Martínez claimed that McCarthy's performances had been so impressive that his transfer value had doubled during his first season. McCarthy had to wait until the last game of the season to score his first goal for the club when he netted the opener in a 2–0 win over Hull City. On 15 March 2015, McCarthy scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season in a 3–0 home win against Newcastle United. He scored his second goal of the season in a 3–0 defeat of Manchester United at Goodison Park on 26 April.
McCarthy scored his first league goal for Everton in the 2016-2017 season against Bournemouth at Goodison Park in a 6-3 victory on 4 February 2017. Earlier that day, he had provided an assist to Romelu Lukaku, allowing Lukaku to score the fastest Everton Premier League goal of all time. Everton manager Ronald Koeman had been deeply displeased by the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill on selecting a half-fit McCarthy time after time, and then continuing to play him, which had aggravated previous hamstring issues a couple of times. McCarthy eventually missed the rest of season due to the fresh hamstring injury he had sustained whilst on international duty in March 2017. 
At the age of sixteen, McCarthy accepted an invitation to play for the Republic of Ireland. He was eligible through his family links to The Rosses, County Donegal, and his grandfather, Paddy Coyle, who was born and raised in the Rosses, had recently died. His maternal grandmother's family are also Irish, from Corlough, County Cavan. However, McCarthy also claimed that he would have played for Scotland if they had offered him an international call-up first. Despite multiple attempts to persuade McCarthy to switch his allegiance to the country of his birth, he reaffirmed his decision to play for the Republic of Ireland.
McCarthy made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-17s in January 2007 against Italy. He scored his first goal against Greece when winning his third cap in March of the same year. He was quickly promoted to the Under-18s and played his first game at that level versus Germany in November 2007. He scored twice in the return game that same month. McCarthy played one game for the Under-19s in September 2007 against Portugal. and was subsequently selected for a number of these squads in 2008. McCarthy came on as a half time substitute for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in their European Championship qualifier on 31 March against Turkey. McCarthy made an instant impression, creating opportunities for the lone striker, as well as making many intelligent runs in behind the Turkish defence.
McCarthy received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland national squad in February 2010, for a friendly with Brazil played in London. He made his debut as a substitute, replacing Stoke City's Liam Lawrence after 70 minutes. McCarthy withdrew from the Ireland squad for their 2011 Nations Cup match against Wales. This led to media speculation that McCarthy may switch his allegiance to Scotland, as his appearances for Irish youth teams or in the friendly against Brazil did not tie him to Ireland under the present rules. The speculation was fuelled by Wigan manager Roberto Martínez who insisted that McCarthy was still considering his international future, even after McCarthy and Giovanni Trapattoni had a face to face meeting in which McCarthy reportedly confirmed his commitment to Ireland.
The question of McCarthy's international allegiance was finally resolved in March 2011 after he accepted a call-up for Ireland's Euro 2012 qualification match against Macedonia, in which he came off the bench replacing Robbie Keane to earn his first competitive cap, rendering him ineligible to play for Scotland. On 4 May 2011, McCarthy was called into to Irish squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Scotland. He reportedly went AWOL after not showing up for training. Later Martínez, the Wigan manager came out and said he will be out "for at least four weeks".
- As of match played 5 March 2017
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Hamilton Academical||2006–07||Scottish First Division||23||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||24||2|
|2007–08||Scottish First Division||35||6||2||0||5||1||1[a]||0||43||7|
|2008–09||Scottish Premier League||37||6||3||0||3||0||—||43||6|
|Wigan Athletic||2009–10||Premier League||20||1||3||1||1||0||—||24||2|
- As of match played 9 October 2016
|Republic of Ireland||2010||1||0|
- SFL Young Player of the Month: October 2007
- Scottish Football League Young Player of the Year: 2007–08
- SPL Young Player of the Month: December 2008, January 2009
- PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year: 2008–09
- FAI Young International Player of the Year: 2012, 2013
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McCarthy is eligible for Ireland through his Rosses-born grandfather Paddy Coyle.
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