McClean reminded of his West Brom responsibilities

James Mc Clean

Ireland international James McClean's been "reminded of his responsibilities" after turning his back on the English flag during God save the Queen before a friendly in the US on Sunday.

Albion manager Tony Pulis has told McClean he must face the flag in future and that the matter's been dealt with internally.

The Derry man's gesture prompted heated debate across social media platforms.

The Albion head coach believes that McClean's gesture was ill-judged, but insists there have been no issues with his overall conduct during the three-game trip to USA and the recent stay in Austria.

“I didn’t see the situation but I had a chat with him and explained what we do as a football club and the way we are and I think he’s fine with everything," said Pulis.

“We’ve got Northern Ireland lads in the squad and he’s been absolutely fantastic with them, and the way he’s mixed and integrated with the group has been brilliant.

“I’ve seen the pictures and he’s got to turn towards the flag like everybody else has and he recognises that.

Pulis continued: “Obviously there has been a stigma around him and he doesn’t need to start that up again.

“So hopefully we’ve nipped it in the bud and we can get on with our things and he can get on with his things.

“It’s just about integrating him and him understanding the rules we work to at the club and we’re all together on and off the pitch.

Pulis added: “He’s been fantastic in his energy levels and the way he works, He’s been a fantastic player so far for us.”