Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe praises Clare Shine following her inspiring return to Vera Pauw’s national team

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND captain Katie McCabe praised Clare Shine after her inspiring journey back to the national fold.

For the first time since last March, Shine, 26, is part of an Irish squad, ahead of their upcoming friendly against Australia on Tuesday night.

Clare Shine is back in the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time since March 2020, following a difficult struggle with mental health issues and a return to form for Glasgow City.

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Clare Shine is back in the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time since March 2020, following a difficult struggle with mental health issues and a return to form for Glasgow City.
Republic of Ireland's Clare Shine and Katie McCabe during a walk in Petrovac, Montenegro, ahead of their side's UEFA Women's 2021 European Championships Qualifier against Montenegro in 2020; Shine's last game for Ireland.

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Republic of Ireland’s Clare Shine and Katie McCabe during a walk in Petrovac, Montenegro, ahead of their side’s UEFA Women’s 2021 European Championships Qualifier against Montenegro in 2020; Shine’s last game for Ireland.

It is appropriate recognition for her tremendous form for Glasgow City, for whom she has scored four goals thus far this season.

The Cork-native has overcome her often times harrowing mental health struggles to rediscover her best form with the Scottish giants.

The latter has been made all the more impressive by the reality of the former.

She has always been remarkably open about her mental health problems, including confiding about suicide temptations in recent years.

Her story of coming back from the brink, to being a pivotal attacking lynchpin at Glagow City, and making her return to Vera Pauw’s Ireland team has inspired many, including the Girls in Green skipper Katie McCabe.

She told the42: “It’s been a tough few years for her, but where she’s at now, she’s absolutely flying.”

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“I’ve played with her since I was 13, so it’s a big chunk of my life knowing Clare Shine.

“I know that quality, I’ve seen it every time I’ve stepped on the pitch with her, whether that’s with club or country, and how she’s carried us in tournaments at underage as well.

“She was just incredible in that U19s Euros back in 2014. There’s no pressure on her, though.

“She just needs to go and do what she does best, which is score goals and help the team. I’m delighted to have her back, and extremely proud of where she’s at.

“I feel like she’s in a fantastic position now, her confidence is flying with club and hopefully she can carry that influence now this week, and get her chance maybe against Australia.”

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