Seamus Coleman might be a Premier League footballer with Everton now but there’s no secret the former Donegal underage player still carries a flame for Gaelic football.
Had the now 23-year-old not made the move from Sligo Rovers to Goodison Park the chances are he’d still be playing in the colours of Killybegs and perhaps even for Jim McGuinness’s Doengal. Coleman this week tweeted his Premier League GAA team, who he added might be in contention to win Sam Maguire.
The team is: 1 Shay Given; 2 Joey Barton, 3 Phil Jagielka 4 Leighton Baines; 5 Kyle Walker, 6 Seamus Coleman, 7 Scott Parker; 8 Jack Rodwell, 9 Phil Jones; 10 Damien Duff, 11 Wayne Rooney, 12 Shane Long; 13 Gareth Bale, 14 Bobby Zamora, 15 Theo Walcott, before adding in a later tweet that Irish international teammate Kevin Doyle could replace Zamora in the full-forward position.
Coleman received feedback from a host of his 60,221 followers including Everton teammate Shane Duffy, former Blackpool colleague Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Kerry’s Darren O’Sullivan and Stevie McDonnell from Armagh, former Killybegs teammates Barry Cannon and Shane ‘Baker’ Boyle, as well as Four Masters forward Michael Doherty.
“That’s my #premierleaguegaa15 a few months training and they would be all ireland champions!!!!,” Coleman tweeted. “Baines and Rooney would be the free takers! Ya reckon Barton could do a job on the gooch!!? Obviously colm cooper would make bits of my back line!! A lot of people saying Richard dunne at half back or midfield! I’d have to agree! Beast of a man!! Centre half back was always my favourite position.”