McLoughlin’s sympathy for Coleman

Former Republic of Ireland international Alan McLoughlin believes Seamus Coleman is unfortunate to miss out on the 23-man Euro 2012 squad.

Former Republic of Ireland international Alan McLoughlin believes Seamus Coleman is unfortunate to miss out on the 23-man Euro 2012 squad.

Coleman had to be content with a place on Giovanni Trapattoni’s five-man standby list ahead of the finals, which take place in Poland and the Ukraine next month. And McLoughlin, whose goal at Windsor Park in 1993 sealed Ireland’s qualification for the 1994 World Cup finals, is of the opinion the 23-year-old from Killybegs will be the first added to the squad, should the situation arise.

“Trapattoni picked the squad a lot of people thought he would pick but the one I am a little disappointed with is Seamus Coleman,” McLoughlin said. “He’s attacking and he likes to get up and down the flank and could be utilised as a right back or an actual winger. But if anyone is to drop out then I think he will he will slot right back in.”