Monday 24 October 2016

Seamus Coleman can't get the Euros out of his mind

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

David Forde and Seamus Coleman celebrate after beating Bosnia
David Forde and Seamus Coleman celebrate after beating Bosnia
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady (C) gets a hug from Seamus Coleman after the match
Seamus Coleman's role has changed at Everton, leading to less of an emphasis on attack Photo: Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Seamus Coleman has admitted that Euro 2016 is never too far from his mind, but his immediate focus is on adjusting to a change in his role at Everton.

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Coleman, who made his name as an attacking full-back, has yet to score this season and says that the primary reason is the importance of right-sided midfielder Gerard Deulofeu.

"It's changed a little bit with Gerard playing in front of me," Coleman told Newstalk after Sunday's draw with Spurs.

"He hugs the touchline, which means I can't get around him or get wide. I'm more inside playing the ball to him, but that's working better for the team so I've no complaints.

"It would be good to get on the scoresheet but it's important we win the games. I might usually be getting wide and getting at people whereas I'm more giving it to 'Gerry' now and letting him do it.

"The gaffer still wants us getting forward with the right opportunities but it's just a little bit different, the positions I take up inside rather than outside."

It was Coleman's defensive qualities that shone through in Ireland's play-off win over Bosnia in November and that win has set up an exciting summer for the full-back, who missed out on the last Euros in Poland.


"There's times where you're sitting at home and you think about it and look forward to the summer ahead but the most important now is playing well for your club and making sure I'm there," he said.

"It was great to qualify, the way we did, and it's something the whole country is looking forward to but we've got games thick and fast here at Everton.

"There will be evenings, though, where it just pops into your head.

"There's a few of us that keep in touch. I'm quite friendly with (David) Meyler and (James) McClean and the Everton lads. We've got a very good group at the minute, a good team spirit, and we're all delighted to be part of it.

"Hopefully when we go there, we can make many good memories."

Coleman reckons that the shock win over world champions Germany in October will be the reference point with a difficult group containing Belgium, Italy and Sweden looming over the horizon.

"It was a tough group but that's what you want at the Euros, to play against the best teams," he stressed.

"We beat Germany at home and that gives us great confidence, to go there in front of all our fans in a major tournament and beat who we play. We're going there to get out of the group."

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