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Coleman happy to keep on the right side of Trap

SEAMUS Coleman returns to Premier League duty with Everton against Bolton on Sunday happy that his football education has reached another level.

Now it's up to headmaster Giovanni Trapattoni to decide if a senior international debut against Wales on Wednesday night is to be followed by a place in the Irish team for the European Championships qualifier against Macedonia next month.

Barring injuries, that's unlikely, given Trap's reluctance to change the side unless he is forced to make changes.

But Coleman's performances for Everton make him a man in form, and equally important, a first-team regular.

And having got a taste of the senior international scene, he certainly wants more.

Coleman admitted he felt the butterflies as he prepared to face Wales, knowing that his family and a large contingent of relatives and friends from Donegal were at the Aviva to see him.

"Yes, I had a small bit of nerves beforehand, but that's always good to have. It's not good to be overly nervous, but I really enjoyed it," he said.

"Playing for your country is what every professional wants to do and I'm no different. The more caps I earn the better for me.

"I don't know if I'll be in the frame for Macedonia.

"I'm just going to go back to Everton and work hard there, and hopefully my club form can be rewarded with more caps at international level."

Coleman is a right-back by nature, but if he continues to play for Everton and Ireland further forward, that's fine by him.

"To be honest I just wanted to play, whether it be right-back or right-wing," he said.

"I'm used to right-wing now from my time at Everton. As I said, I really enjoyed it."

Irish Independent