Coleman patient on Trap call
Seamus Coleman is not getting carried away by being touted as a future full international for the Republic of Ireland.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 02/03/10 6:13pm
Everton's Republic of Ireland Under 21 full-back Seamus Coleman insists he cannot afford to get carried away by being touted as a future full international.
The 21-year-old is set to earn his 10th cap for Don Givens' young side against Armenia on Wednesday night and has this term broke into the first team set-up at club level
Coleman, from Donegal, was exposed on his Toffees debut in a 5-0 defeat away to Benfica in the Europa League, but the youngster has shown character to bounce back with a string of impressive displays since.
Making a big impact from the bench in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham on his home debut, Coleman has gone on to make six league appearances for Everton, prompting calls for his involvement in Giovanni Trapattoni's senior squad.
However, while the former Sligo Rovers right-back is flattered by the calls, he insists he never expected any more than to be involved with the Under 21s again and admits he will make the step up when the time is right.
"I heard my name mentioned in relation to the senior squad, but I wasn't thinking about it," claims Coleman.
"I knew myself that I would be with the Under 21s for another while yet as I have only played a handful of games for Everton.
"Even to get mentioned was a compliment, to know that [assistant manager] Marco Tardelli was aware of me and speaking about me was a great boost.
"But I won't get carried away, I know my career will start to dip if I let this little bit of success go to my head, so I am happy to be with the Under 21s here."
Givens' side are searching for their first win in their European Championship qualifying campaign, with the Group Two encounter at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday night.
Coleman missed the reverse fixture in which his side were comfortably beaten 4-1 away to the Armenians after he picked up a knock in their previous game against Georgia three days prior, but he hopes to kick-start their campaign with a win this time around.
"I missed the Armenia game last year. I played in the first game, but got injured, so I wasn't there for the 4-1," said the 21-year-old.
"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."