Saturday 16 February 2019

'We want to give a lot more to Ireland' - Seamus Coleman confident about future ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. Photo: Sportsfile

Tony Considine

Ireland captain, Seamus Coleman has spoken about Mick McCarthy’s appointment as Ireland boss and insisted that the players are prepared to do more for the team as they face into the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Speaking to Off The Ball after Everton’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, the Donegal man said: "I’ve been in touch with the manager and we’ve talked about the team and what’s ahead.

"It’s up to myself to go into him and do what I’ve always done. I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to getting all the players on board because there’s no friendlies before it gets competitive.

"We want to give a lot more to Ireland. The Euros was a great time for everyone involved and that management team were great to get us that far. Now the changes have happened in the management and again that will bring a bit of excitement."

It was a good weekend for the Irish in England with Ciaran Clark and Shane Long on the scoresheet in the Premier League along with the undecided Declan Rice and Jeff Hendrick creating both goals for Burnley. Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick also continued his rich vein of form in the Championship with his tenth goal of the season. Coleman himself was restored to the Everton line up after being dropped last week.

And the full-back was adamant that the squad is better than it showed in the last twelve months.         

"Once again it’ll be down to the players to perform and I think a lot of the players are doing very well at club level," he continued.

"Matt Doherty has come in to Permier League level and he’s been great. Ciaran Clark scored yesterday and although Shane Duffy won’t ever get the headlines over here because he’s not an English player, he’s a top top centre half.

"Week in week out he’s throwing his body on the line and I think he’s got 4 Premier League goals. So we have got some very good players and Shane Duffy is definitely one of them. 

Coleman went on to say he was looking forward to working with McCarthy for the first time and was determined to take lessons from what was a disastrous Nations League campaign.

"I’m sure he’ll be trying to get as much work as he can in. It’s an exciting time for everyone. Having Robbie on board will be great for the lads as well," he added.

"That’s why they’ve picked Mick for the manager, he’s got a great passion for the country and he’s managed the team before. He’ll get a lot of respect from the lads and as players there’s no excuses any more.

"We’ve got to look within and show up. I fully believe we’ve got the players.

"I think we’ll have learned a hell of a lot from the last year. It was poor and sometimes you learn the most when things aren’t going well." 

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