Coleman still in Everton fight
Seamus Coleman feels he is yet to become an Everton regular despite being set for his international bow.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 15/11/10 4:52pm
Seamus Coleman feels he is still fighting for his Everton place despite being poised to win his first international cap this week.
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is set to reward the 22-year-old for his blistering club form with an appearance in Wednesday's friendly against Norway.
Coleman, who can play on the wing or at full-back, has been one of Everton's top performers this season and was again impressive in Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Arsenal.
"I don't know if I am established," he said. "I am still learning every game.
"I know I am not guaranteed my place every week so I am going out there and trying my best. It is going all right for me so far."
Everton boss David Moyes views Coleman primarily as a full-back and it seems Trapattoni does too, despite the Donegal-born player having caught the eye in a more advanced role on the right flank in recent weeks.
Coleman spent the end of last season on loan at Blackpool and made his first Premier League start in the 0-0 draw at Fulham in September.
He started the Toffees' next five league games, scoring his first league goal in the 2-2 draw at Blackpool earlier this month, but was then surprisingly left out in favour of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for the 1-1 draw with Bolton last Wednesday.
Coleman came back into the starting line-up to face Arsenal and now hopes he has done enough to be given a chance by Trapattoni, which could come at full-back with Hull's Paul McShane having suffered an injury.
"A lot of people are saying it and I hope to win my first cap Wednesday night," he said. "That would be great for me.
"I think I read somewhere the manager, Mr Trapattoni, saying he sees me as a defender. I'll see what happens.
"I probably see myself as a full-back but if the manager wants me to play left midfield I will play left midfield. I will play anywhere I can get a game.
"I am learning the roles so it is always good to have a couple of positions."