Coleman’s Ireland away to Germany

Coleman’s Ireland away to Germany
Seamus Coleman will celebrate his 25th birthday on Friday night as the Republic of Ireland take on Germany in Cologne.

Seamus Coleman will celebrate his 25th birthday on Friday night as the Republic of Ireland take on Germany in Cologne.

Back-to-back World Cup qualifier defeats last month against Sweden and Austria means Ireland will only playing for pride in the penultimate fixture of the series.

Noel King has stepped in as interim manager after Giovanni Trapattoni parted company with the FAI.

Coleman made his competitive debut exactly a year ago when Germany hammered Ireland 6-1 in Dublin.

“It wasn’t a great time and the feelings we had that night weren’t nice,” the Everton full-back said. “While I was delighted to be playing against such good players it was a disappointing night for us.”

Ireland are huge underdogs this week but King’s arrival has freshened the camp.

“It’s going to be a tough night so we have to be defensively sound and then take our chances going forward when we break,” Coleman added.

“We are going out to Germany to get a positive result I know obviously in the group there is not a lot to play for, but when you pull on that jersey for your country you know you have to impress.

“For me personally, you have to impress every time you play.”

Killybegs native Coleman admitted there were no ill feelings towards Trapattoni, who overlooked him for Euro 2012 in Poland.

“I have always had good time for him as he gave me my first cap,” Coleman said of the Italian.

“He has brilliant throughout for me and for the team, he nearly got to a World Cup and then got the lads to the European Championships. I think he was successful.

“I sent a text message when he left to thank him personally for giving me the first cap and I wish him well.”