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Coleman focused on Faroes

30 May 2013 15:18:07

Coleman focused on Faroes

Seamus Coleman has warned the Republic of Ireland they have no margin for error as they prepare for their must-win World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

Ireland have gone some of the way to rebuilding confidence after a poor Euro 2012 finals campaign and their 6-1 humiliation by Germany in October, but Coleman knows it will count for little if they do not do the job against the Group C minnows on Friday evening.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw with England at Wembley, the Everton defender said: "We have had a couple of good results now against Sweden and now England, and that gives us a bit of confidence. But the reason we are on this trip is for three points against the Faroe Islands. We are not looking any further than the Faroe Islands, to be honest."

He added: "We have got a game against Georgia that we have got to prepare for. I'm sure there are lads who weren't in the team who might get a run-out and they will want to impress to get in the team.

"The reason for this trip is definitely to get three points against the Faroes because we can't afford to slip up."

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni will use Sunday's clash with the Georgians to hone his plan for the Faroe Islands, but Coleman seems a certain starter after taking his fine club form on to the international stage this season.

He appears to have made the right-back spot his own, although the modest former Sligo Rovers player refuses to take anything for granted.

Coleman said: "I am one of those players, I go out in every game like I am on a trial. I want to give 100 per cent every week and make sure I stay in the team.

"If I am not playing well, I won't stay in the team, so it's something I have to keep on top of."


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