Seamus Coleman Delighted To Make Republic Of Ireland Debut

Everton's Seamus Coleman has spoken of his delight at making his international debut.
Republic of Ireland new boy Seamus Coleman has admitted to being nervous before making his debut against Wales in Tuesday night’s Carling Nations Cup game.

The 22-year-old, who was an unused substitute for the previous match against Norway, said he was happy to finally win his first cap.

“I had a bit of nerves, but small nerves are always good to have. It’s not good to be overly nervous but I was fine. I really enjoyed it,” he told reporters after the game.

Coleman, originally a defender, has been deployed on the right flank by Everton boss David Moyes this season. Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni had indicated that he saw the former Sligo Rovers player as more of a right back but opted to use him on the right wing.

“I was happy to finally out get on the pitch and get a good 60 minutes and I really enjoyed it. To be honest, I just wanted to play. Be it right back or right wing. I am used to right wing now with my time at Everton,” added Coleman.

The Boys in Green currently lie in third place in Group B of the Euro 2012 qualifiers and Coleman knows he faces stiff competition to secure a place in the starting XI. Spartak Moscow’s Aiden McGeady, Wolves’ Stephen Hunt, Portsmouth’s Liam Lawrence, Birmingham’s Keith Fahey and last night’s man of the match, Fulham’s Damien Duff, are all vying for a place in the team for next month’s crucial qualifier against Macedonia in Dublin.

Coleman said that he will work hard to be in the frame for that game.

“I’m just going to go back to Everton and work hard there. Hopefully my club form can be rewarded with more caps. Playing for your country is what every professional wants to do and I’m no different. The more caps the merrier for me,” added the Donegal man.

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