The Boys in Green boss believes that he made the right decision in not bringing the Toffees defender to Poland but stressed that the defender had improved
The Boys in Green boss believes that he made the right decision in not taking the former Sligo Rovers full back to Poland in June because he believes that he 'was not ready'.
"Coleman was not ready for that group," Trapattoni told reporters when asked whether Coleman should have gone to the European Championships "We followed his progress closely but up until then he had been playing as a right-sided forward."
He added: "Only since then has he played regularly for his club as a defender. Now, it works well for us because he is a defender who can run forward 100 metres."
In the aftermath of Ireland's 1-0 friendly defeat to Greece on Wednesday November 14, one of the positives drawn from the game by the Italian was the 'fantastic' performance of the Everton defender with Trapattoni suggesting similarities between Coleman and former international Steve Finnan.
"We had [an attacking full back] in my first year here (in 2008). We must remember Steve Finnan. He tried to play football near the box, beautiful football, but he got a little bit older," said the Ireland manager.
Ireland's next international fixture comes on February 6 2013 against Poland.