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Published: 12:28 | 27/3/16

Coleman "can't wait' for Euros


Everton defender Seamus Coleman admits he "can't wait" for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign to start.

Coleman, who captained Ireland for the second time in Friday's 1-0 win over Switzerland at Lansdowne Road, was overlooked by then-manager Giovanni Trapattoni for Euro 2012.

The Donegal-born right-back has nine Premier League matches and a FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on 23 April to look forward to, but says his thoughts are already turning to France and Ireland's opening match against Sweden at the Stade de France on 13 June.

"For me, it feels like the build-up has begun – I can’t wait," he said.

"I missed out on the last one, obviously, so I’m excited. I think about it every day.

"To represent your country is a special feeling and to do it at a Euros is even better. I can’t wait and I think we’ve a good chance of getting out of the group.

"You’ve a lot of hours in the day to think about club football – on Friday nights and Saturdays I’m concentrating on Everton.

"If you have a good result you enjoy it, if it’s bad you’re down for a few days.

"But there’s always time in there to look forward to them. I just can’t wait for this tournament."

Three players made their debut in Friday night’s 1-0 win over Vladimir Petkovic's side, while man-of-the-match Shane Duffy was making only a second senior appearance, and Coleman admits that the senior members of the squad are taking nothing for granted.

"I know how it works. I was one of those players four years ago," he said.

"Robbie Keane has done it for so long and he’s still trying to impress because you have to be at your best every time you play for Ireland.

"John O’Shea and all the senior lads don’t just come in and think they’re going straight on the plane. Everyone tries.

"That’s why we’re such a good group of lads – we all fight for each other."

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