Coleman Named In Ireland Squad

by Peter Lennox

Seamus Coleman has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their friendly clash with Turkey on 23 March.

The game will be Coleman’s first appearance for the Irish since he broke his leg while skippering his country in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin last March.

The 29-year-old returned to the Everton first team against Leicester City in late January, and looked like he had never been away – the right-back’s marauding runs and link-up play with Theo Walcott one of the highlights of the 2-1 win.

He suffered a minor setback in his recovery in the next home game against Crystal Palace, but impressed on his return to Sam Allardyce’s starting XI against Burnley last weekend.

At Turf Moor, the 43-capped international set up Cenk Tosun for his first Everton goal with a deft headed flick - and could face up against his Everton teammate when Ireland travel to Antalya in just over a fortnight.

The Republic of Ireland are currently 31st in the FIFA world rankings, seven places ahead of Turkey in 38th.

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