Coleman still in Everton fight

Versatile Toffees youngster happy to play anywhere for Ireland

Coleman: Has caught the eye this term

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Seamus Coleman feels he is still fighting for his Everton place despite being poised to win his first international cap this week.

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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.

No guarantees

"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."