Everton’s Seamus Coleman has a big Ireland future – Giovanni Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes Everton defender Seamus Coleman has a big future

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Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland contract is set to run until 2014 Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Giovanni Trapattoni believes Seamus Coleman will be a key part of the Republic of Ireland’s future after the Everton defender starred in a 1-0 loss to Greece at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old’s display was one of the only positives for Trapattoni’s young side as Greece forward Jose Holebas scored a first-half winner to compound a miserable 2012 for the Irish.

“Coleman was fantastic, he was the man of the match. We know him and we have told him he is important to us for the future,” said Trapattoni.

“I have said many times, the midfield of our team is not only the four midfielders, we have two more, the right and left-backs.

“Seamus is fast, he can recover the ball, he has a good personality and at this moment, he has a very good future.”

The 73-year-old was also pleased with the performance of Wes Hoolahan after the Norwich City midfielder earned just his second cap, with the Italian insisting Ireland were much-improved from their 5-1 loss to Germany.

“He [Hoolahan] was very good. The confirmed the quality we know he has,” he added.

“He’s a good option maybe if we need to have one striker and at the moment, we have no other players in this position.

“Football is about results, but we had some good situations and three or four of the players showed their personality in this difficult game.

“It was very important to have a good performance after the disappointment against Germany. You can see a progression.”

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