Donegal and Ireland’s Seamus Coleman really came of age on the international stage on Wednesday night last with a man of the match performance despite Ireland losing the friendly 1-0 Greece at the Aviva Stadium.
The Killybegs man was Ireland’s best attacking option from full back, combining impressively with one of the young guns, Robbie Brady.
However, despite his own personal display, Coleman was disappointed that his side had gone down 1-0 and expressed the opinion that Ireland had done enough to win the game.
He also expressed his frustration at having a strong penalty claim turned down when Konstantinos Stafylidis appeared to handle in the area in the opening minutes.
“I thought we played very well, I thought we deserved to win the game. We passed the ball very well at times and we’re just disappointed to get nothing from it,” said Seamus
“I thought we definitely had a penalty claim in the first minute of the game. I thought it was a stonewall penalty but I thought we played all right. Just disappointed to get nothing from it.”
There was praise afterwards from Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, who believes Seamus Coleman has a bright future in international football.
“Coleman was fantastic, he was the man of the match,” said Trapattoni. “We know him and we have told him he is important to us for the future.
“I have said many times, the midfield of our team is not only the four midfielders; we have two more, the right and left-backs.
“Seamus is fast, he can recover the ball, he has a good personality and at this moment, he has a very good future,” said Giovanni.