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Undert-21 star Coleman has twin aims

Updated: Monday, 12 Oct 2009 23:53

Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman will have a double target as he runs out for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s against Switzerland tomorrow night.

The 21-year-old was part of the side which saw a first European Championship qualifying victory ripped from their grasp at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening when Georgia's Giorgi Ivanishvili scored a late equaliser.

Coleman played 86 minutes of the game just days after making his comeback from a nasty foot injury.

He revealed last week how he might have lost the big toe on his right foot had medics not dealt with an infected blister as promptly as they did.

The problem could hardly have come at a worse time for the former Sligo Rovers player, who had been involved in the senior squad at Goodison Park during pre-season and had high hopes of forcing his way into contention.

However, his injury troubles have seen him slip back down the pecking order, and now he is desperate to force his way back into manager David Moyes' thoughts.

To that end, playing for his country can do him little harm.

Coleman said: ‘I went back in pre-season and I really wanted to give it a go. Things couldn't have gone much better for me.

‘I was playing pre-season games, and then the injury happened. But to be in and around the first team has been great.

‘You have just got to start from scratch again. I played my first reserve game on Tuesday night - I was only back training the week before, so I am just getting my fitness back up again and looking forward.

‘But it's a long season, so we will see what happens.’

Coleman and his Ireland team-mates will hope for better fortunes in Waterford tomorrow night after taking just two points from their first three qualifiers.

He said: ‘Friendly or qualifier, we are always going to go out and try to win. I just don't think we have had the luck.

‘We are a good enough team. We are going to look to win this game, and I think we can if we all work together.’

Manager Don Givens has called up under-19s skipper Conor Clifford, of Chelsea, for the first time and Reading's Scott Davies with Stephen Gleeson suspended following his yellow card against Georgia and Darren Dennehy having withdrawn from the squad through injury.

Cork City defender Kevin Long was tonight drafted into the squad to replace Brendan Moloney, who has been ruled out with a knee injury.