"For me, working hard was the key to achieving my dream of becoming a professional footballer at the highest level".

A player known for his explosive speed and relentless energy, James McClean knows how being in peak physical condition is vital if you want to make it at the highest levels in football.

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"I starting my career at Derry City when I was 17, and for me, working hard was the key to achieving my dream of becoming a professional footballer at the highest level".

The proud irishman gives us a look behind the scenes at one of his workouts and talks to TAE about training, his journey from the Irish league to the Premier League and why Cristiano Ronaldo is his favourite player.

"Some people are blessed with natural ability, I had to work hard every day to be the best I can be".

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