'We Won't Leave Green Army Blue'

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Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have revealed how they hope to put on a Euro 2016 show for Republic of Ireland supporters knowing the Green Army will march in its thousands to support them in France.

The duo are both preparing for their nation's opening Group E fixture against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden next Monday, with tricky games against much-fancied Belgium and 2012 finalists Italy to follow.

However, the duo expect to have the vociferous backing of their famous fans - and know it's on them to ensure they are not sent home disappointed.

"The supporters are always very good and always travel well in big numbers everywhere we go - but I don't think there's anything that grips Ireland like a major tournament," Coleman told Everton's international betting partners, Dafabet.

"The excitement is starting to build already and all my friends and the fans in Ireland have planned their trips, planned their camper vans and hopefully we will make it a memorable summer.

"It is up to us on the pitch to make sure we do things right so it can be an enjoyable one for all."


Like Coleman, Euro 2016 will be a first taste of a major international competition for McCarthy and the midfielder is excited to experience the atmosphere as they travel to three cities - Paris, Bordeaux and Lille.

"As Seamus says, they [the Irish fans] come out in their numbers no matter where we go and they've always backed us," he added. "Even going through the wee bit when everyone wrote us off they still stuck behind us.

"Obviously it is brilliant to play in front of that and it gives you that extra push to do well."

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