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Seamus Coleman puts full faith in Moyes

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Mar 2010 10:22

Former Sligo Rovers man Seamus Coleman
Former Sligo Rovers man Seamus Coleman

Republic of Ireland Under-21 Seamus Coleman is happy to let Everton manager David Moyes guide him through the early years of his career in the Barclays Premier League.

The 21-year-old full-back, who is expected to win his 10th cap for the Republic U-21s against Armenia tonight, has been heavily involved at Goodison Park this season, making seven senior appearances and gaining invaluable experience on the bench.

He was not included in the 18 for Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, a rarity since he was handed a first senior start in the 5-0 Europa League defeat at Benfica on October 22.

However, with established first-teamers Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo named among the substitutes, he could have few complaints and will bow to his manager's experience as he plots the way forward.

Coleman said: ‘I wasn't involved with Everton at the weekend, but I had no problem with that.

‘We had players coming back from injury, so someone had to drop out of the squad and I lost my place. We had two defenders - Jagielka and Yobo - on the bench, so I can't complain too much.

‘We had been playing very well, the last two results weren't the best but up until that, our form was very good. I was happy enough to be on the bench.

‘The manager has been fair with me all along and I will do whatever he wants me to do.

‘If he wants me to go out on loan, then that's fine, I trust David Moyes to make the right call. If he wants me to stay on and fight for a place in the squad, I will do that.’

Coleman's emergence has been such he has been spoken of as a possible inclusion in future senior Republic squads, although for the moment, he is concentrating only on the task of helping his country secure the first victory of their European Under-21 Championships qualifying campaign tonight.

Defeats by Turkey in March and Armenia in November last year have sandwiched successive Group 2 draws with Estonia, Georgia twice and Switzerland, and that has left Ireland at the bottom of the table.

That disappointing run of results culminated in a 4-1 reverse at the hands of the Armenians in Yerevan and Coleman, who was injured and missed out that day, is intent on revenge at Tallaght Stadium.

He said: ‘We have had a mixed run with the Under-21 team, so we are keen to get a win here against Armenia and move up the table.’

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