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Coleman waiting for green light

SEAMUS COLEMAN is at the centre of a great whirlwind of success at the moment. Donegal, Sligo, Everton have all been garlanded and acclaimed in the last few weeks.

But there's a cloud on the horizon. There's Germany. Will he even play?

Giovanni Trapattoni threw out a hint that perhaps Coleman's pace has potential as an antidote to the speed of Lukas Podolski or any of the other fleet-footed and witted Germans like Mesut Ozil or Mario Götze who fancy a go at the Ireland right-full.

But the smart money is on Stephen Kelly to start and Coleman to come on if Ireland have to chase the game.

For any young player in that situation, loose words can only further delay his assimilation into the Ireland team and Coleman has plotted a steady course since he first began making waves a few seasons back.

He should have been in Poland, of that there is absolutely no doubt, and the fact that he watched the Euro 2012 finals in his local in Killybegs wearing an Ireland shirt doesn't reflect well on Trapattoni.

But Coleman shrugs and bats away questions about Ireland with a very straight face, and he's wise to do that.

"Look, these things happen. It was unfortunate. Ireland is a hard team to get into. There's a lot of good players. I would have liked to play a bit more but I needed to be playing at Everton."

Ask him about Donegal's All-Ireland triumph and Coleman's natural ability to talk kicks in. He reserved his kindest words for the man of the moment, Jim McGuiness. As far as Coleman is concerned, McGuiness could walk into any club in England and do a job.

"He's a great, great man. His love for football and sport is something else. He could turn his hand to it no problem the type of man he is. He's got a good eye for tactics. He could turn his hand to soccer.

"There's no chance Donegal would have won without him. He took the same players changed them all - mentality and attitude. There's something special about him."

Coleman made the choice between football for Donegal or a career in the professional game and Sligo Rovers won his heart. "My dream was to be a Premier League footballer. I've never regretted that decision and I'm happy with my choice."



Connection

Which brings Coleman to his next passion - The Showgrounds. "I think they will do it. I still have a great connection with Sligo Rovers and there's been some change there. It's like a complete club. It's such a well run club and the new stand is. They will definitely win the title," he said with a grin.

Then Everton, his current home from home, the club attracting all the praise in the early part of the season and the focus of his desire.

"My goal is to make the right-full position mine for the next couple of years and many more to come."

David Moyes is the rock Coleman leans on and has done since he arrived at Goodison. He sees full-back as his natural position but is grateful for the chance he got to try a more advanced role.

"The manager knows me. He signed me as a right-back and taught me the role in midfield, how to play there. I've picked up bits and pieces from playing there which have helped me as a defender."

Unfortunately, his international manager doesn't know him quite as well and has given him very few chances to make a mark but Coleman maintains rigid discipline when talking about team selection.

Say nothing at all politely. "It would be brilliant to get the nod. But Stephen Kelly has played a lot of times and Paul McShane is fighting for that position too. All we can do between now and Friday is do our best."


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