Roy Keane: ‘We’re lucky to have Seamus Coleman’

Roy Keane: ‘We’re lucky to have Seamus Coleman’
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has insisted the international fold is lucky to have a player like Seamus Coleman.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has insisted the international fold is lucky to have a player like Seamus Coleman.

Killybegs native Coleman was named on the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League Team of the Season on Sunday night having enjoyed a fine campaign for Everton.

The former Sligo Rovers right-back is an integral part of Keane and Ireland manager Martin O’Neill’s plans ahead of the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers that begin with a trip to Tbilisi to take on Georgia in September.

“He’s very good, Seamus, and he’s had a top season and we’re very lucky to have him,” Keane said. “But I always think with young players that there’s always areas to improve on and hopefully Martin and myself can help him to improve even more so.”

Coleman has scored seven goals for Everton this season with Roberto Martinez’s side currently in fifth place in the Premier League ahead of Saturday evening’s fixture against title chasers Manchester City.

The 25-year-old is in the right back position on the team, the first Irishman to be honoured in this selection since Shay Given in 2006 and Richard Dunne in 2010.

PFA Premier League Team of the Season: Petr Cech (Chelsea); Luke Shaw (Southampton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Seamus Coleman (Everton); Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton); Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).