Seamus Coleman 'hungry' for victory over Georgia

With the Republic of Ireland playing in their opening Euro 2016 qualifying match on Sunday, the right-back and the rest of the Everton contingent are ready to impress
Seamus Coleman is confident that a resurgent Republic of Ireland can make up for past disappointments starting with three points against Georgia on Sunday in Euro 2016 qualification.

The Everton right-back hopes to replicate his blistering club form at international as he - as well as the rest of a sizeable Toffees contingent in the squad - look to make amends for the Boys in Green's absence from the World Cup.

"I was watching the [World Cup] games and I really enjoyed it but you just wanted to be part of it and, obviously, I didn't play in the last European Championships so I'm definitely hungry to be a part of that," he told reporters.

"That's what you want as an international player - to play on the biggest stage."

Despite resting several key players, Ireland comfortably beat Oman 2-0 in a friendly on Wednesday and Coleman expects a much sterner test in Tbilisi.

"[Georgia] get behind the ball, they defend well and make it difficult and they have some good players on the counter," he observed.

"We've watched a few clips of teams who have gone there, like France and Spain, and it wasn't too easy so we know it's going to be difficult but we're set up well so hopefully we'll be coming out of there with three points,."

Everton's contribution of four players to O'Neill's first competitive squad is the largest representation from any one club and midfielder James McCarthy believes that the familiarity formed between himself, Coleman, Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady at club level will aid Ireland's chances of qualification.

"Aiden's been in there [at Everton] and he's been playing, Seamus has been brilliant to work with and is carrying on his form from last season, which is brilliant to see," said the 23-year-old.

"It was a good win for us [on Wednesday], we kept the ball really well and we want to push on now - it's a new start for everyone involved and one that we're all really excited about."