Kevin Sheedy backs 'leader' Seamus Coleman to shine at Euro 2016

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The Everton youth coach believes that the Donegal native will do well for the Boys in Green in France after maturing as a player

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Sheedy has backed Seamus Coleman to shine at Euro 2016.

Everton youth coach Sheedy, who played for the Boys in Green at the 1988 European Championship in Germany, believes that Coleman has matured as a senior international and says that he will "do really well" at the tournament in France.

"Seamus has become a leader in that group," Sheedy told the official Everton website.

"He has shown all the attributes he has at Everton on the international stage now and it is no surprise that Martin has made him captain in games.

"He will be really looking forward to the competition and I think Seamus will do really well." 

Ireland get their tournament under way on Monday, June 13, against Sweden, before taking on Belgium on June 18 and concluding Group E against Italy on June 22.


Sheedy is confident that Martin O'Neill's team can "do well" but stressed the importance of avoiding defeat in the opening game.

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"I go back to my own experiences playing in Germany in 1988. Our first match was against England and it is important not to get beaten in your first game," added the 56-year-old. 

"If Ireland can win their opener against Sweden then they have a great chance of qualifying. It is a really tough group with Belgium and Italy in there as well.

"But with the Irish support that will be there, and the squad we have and players playing for top sides, I am hopeful we can do really well out there."

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