'I've nothing against Instagram or Louis Vuitton bags' - Seamus Coleman clarifies remarks
Published 08/10/2016 | 16:41
Seamus Coleman is worried that young footballers heads are now being turned by the trappings of wealth, namely Louis Vutton toilet bags.
The Ireland skipper elaborated on comments he made in the media about the direction the game is taking and how vulnerable young footballers are taking the wrong road.
"Young players can get lost before they've made it in the game, getting caught up in following what other people do.
"I spoke about the Louis Vuitton bag but it was tongue in cheek. You have to do your job on the pitch and train well," he said,
"Some younger players find it important. If I see a player with a bag like that I wonder what it does to others.
"If you are the only lad in the dressing room without one then you feel the pressure that you need to go out and get one. Even if you don't want one or even like one," he added.
"Look, I've got Instragram. I'm not against Instagram or washbags.
"The article was more about younger players, I feel they can get lost before they've even made it in the game and getting caught up following what other people do. "You have to do your job on the pitch, you have to do well."
Coleman's immediate concern is Moldova and he is sure that Ireland will have a battle on their hands.
"Ideally, we would like to win comfortably, but at international level you have to earn the right to play. This team press well and we have to earn the right to play."