Seamus back from injury and ready to make his mark in France


Seamus back from injury and ready to make his mark in France

Seamus Coleman is counting down the days until the start of the European Championships after overcoming injury in time for the tournament.

The Killybegs man was hampered by injury for the closing period of Everton's Premier League season and missed a number of games.

However, he returned to action on Friday night as the Republic of Ireland played out a 1-1 draw in the friendly international with The Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium.

“I missed the last couple of games to make sure I was right for France and I can't wait now, I'm happy to look forward,” Coleman told the Mail on Sunday.

The build-up to this year's tournament is all so different from four years ago for Coleman, who was left out of the Ireland squad for the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

“It didn’t feel nice (being left out of 2012) and it didn’t go too well for us, for me personally and for the team, so we’re going out there with a completely different mindset,” he said.

“We’re a hard team to beat and we can score goals. We’ve got a new manager, new coaches, new players, freshness and experience.”

The Ireland squad will be finalised following Tuesday night's friendly with Belarus in Cork.

Martin O'Neill will name a 23-man squad, and as usual, there are still thought to be some places up for grabs.

Derry's Shane Duffy, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, is expected to be selected in the panel after producing another impressive performance against the Dutch on Friday night.

Shay Given was in the squad but didn't feature in Friday's friendly.