Tuesday 25 June 2019

'I feel like we owe them one, definitely' - Seamus Coleman eyes Denmark revenge

Seamus Coleman at The Campus in Quinta do Lago, Faro, Portugal. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Seamus Coleman at The Campus in Quinta do Lago, Faro, Portugal. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Quinta da Lago

Seamus Coleman says that next month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Denmark is a revenge mission for the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish squad trained again in Portugal today, 16 days out from the first of that Euro 2020 double header, away to Denmark.

The Danes of course ended Irish interest in the 2018 World Cup and Ireland also failed to beat them in the Nations League clashes last year, and Coleman says the squad are still driven by memories of that 5-1 thrashing at home to Denmark in 2017.

"You try your best not to go in with those thoughts, you just want to take the game on the game, but you just keep going back to it," Coleman said.

"I feel like we owe them one, definitely. We know that they're a good nation with some Champions League players and all the rest, so it will be tough. I'm glad we're going away first and the togetherness that we have, we're all looking forward to the game, which is a good sign," added Coleman, who senses a lift in mood in the camp on the back of the Euro 2020 wins in March.

"In any walk of life, if a new manager comes in, a new boss, players are very eager to impress and I think that's been the case," he said.

"The last camp when we met up under the manager, people were flying around in training trying to impress, getting in the box and all the rest, so there definitely has been a freshness this year.

"And in case anyone wants to twist my words saying it wasn't fresh last year, that's not what I'm saying, I'm talking about this campaign and this management team, and it's been good."

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The Ireland captain welcomed new boy Luca Connell to the squad this week, Bolton player Connell speaking of his delight in meeting Coleman as he's a life-long Everton fan and Coleman says it's a mutual feeling.

"I'm a fan of his," he joked.

"He's a great little lad, a lovely lad. He's come in and for me, what's important when lads come in, some have it, some don't, but he's just a nice mannerly young lad, happy to be here and that's important.

"But then there's no point having that if you're not going to be good on the pitch and yesterday, he showed us he was good on the pitch too.

"I'm not going to build him up too much and put too much pressure on him, but it's great for him and he looked very good yesterday."

The Irish squad train in Portugal before returning to Dublin on Tuesday, with a behind-closed-doors match against Stephen Kenny's U21 side pencilled in for next Thursday.

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