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Boss Pleased For Skipper Seamus

Martinez says defender deserved to captain Republic of Ireland.

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Roberto Martinez believes Seamus Coleman deserved the honour of captaining the Republic of Ireland against Germany last week.

Interim coach Noel King handed the Blues right-back the armband after regular skipper Robbie Keane missed the 3-0 defeat in Cologne through injury.

Coleman will relinquish the role should the LA Galaxy striker, as expected, return to the side for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

But Martinez insists the fact that Coleman was selected for a position of such responsibility demonstrates just how highly he is regarded in the Republic of Ireland setup.

“You have to remember that Seamus has been a very consistent performer, both for Everton and Ireland,” Martinez told evertontv. “He took the armband against Wales [last month] but to start the game leading your team out is a proud moment. And he deserves that.

“I think it tells you a lot about the perception of him in the Irish camp and what they think of him. An interim manager has come in and every decision [he makes] is under huge scrutiny, so I think it was a really significant moment that Seamus was allowed to lead the team out on his birthday and captain his country.

“We are pleased for him, proud for him and we want it to be one of the many successful memories and stories that he is going to have in his career.”

From the 11 players which took to the field against Germany, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Kelly and Kevin Doyle all boast more international caps than Coleman, who has made just 18 senior international appearances.

What the defender may lack in experience, Martinez says he makes up for it in his ability to lead by example.

The Spaniard added: “Seamus is someone that has got real passion about what he does, so that brings really good standards in everything he is involved in, from the day-to-day work on the training ground to everything he has to do on a football pitch.

“I think he has grown from a good youngster to a very important player. I think he takes that into the national side as well. He is a well-respected figure and someone who has got high values towards the way he takes his profession.

“Those are attributes that you look for in a leader and a captain, so it was a very significant moment and something that I’m sure will help him mature to become an even stronger character coming back to Everton.”

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