Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has played down suggestions that Sunday's final World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg is a "revenge mission".

The Everton right-back was part of the starting side in March when Luxembourg stunned Stephen Kenny's side by a 1-0 scoreline at the Aviva Stadium, seriously denting qualification hopes.

However, a victory for the Boys in Green at the Stade de Luxembourg would see Ireland leapfrog their opponents and take third place in Group A as well as avenging the previous defeat.

But Coleman believes there is more at stake beyond earning revenge.

"Revenge mission? I don't want to look at it like that, in terms of I think we're in a better place ourselves I think," he said at Saturday's pre-match press conference.

"The last few meet-ups have been good. We played some good football at times against Portugal so we need to take that good atmosphere into this game rather than thinking too far back on what happened (at home against Luxembourg)."

While he added that the squad are "disappointed" that they do not have anything to play for on Sunday in regard to qualification, Coleman described it as a "campaign of two halves".

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"The second half of the campaign, things have started to come together for us and I watched from the sideline in the lead-up to the Portugal game in training as I had played on the Sunday and the tactical work, it was plain to be seen what was being done on the training ground and we did bring that forward into the game," he said.

"So as players when you see that, you're happy and positive."

And he echoed Shane Duffy's post-match comments backing Kenny's stewardship of the team.

"You can see from any player that's come out and spoken to the media, they've been behind him and for me, you can see what we're doing on the training ground coming into play," he said.

"From a player point of view, we're happy and seeing good signs and we want to improve on this for the next campaign."

On Thursday against Portugal, Coleman slotted into the right of the back three with Matt Doherty playing further forward in the wing-back role that the Donegal man can also feature in.

It's a role the 33-year-old is relishing: "It's a position that I enjoy. I've done it a few times now for Ireland, maybe once or twice at club level. But it's not a position I've played very often.

"I'm a defender who likes to defend and at times can be comfortable on the ball so it was a position that I really enjoyed. It's not as physically demanding as full-back or a wing-back position but you've got to be switched on for the 90 minutes."

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