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Sunday 4 December 2016

Séamus is relishing big battle

SéAMUS Coleman is gearing himself up for some hard-fought battles against his club mates on the international stage in the coming week.

Coleman, hoping to win his 27th cap against England on Sunday, has an Goodison Park insight into the English camp as well as the Scotland panel which faces Ireland in that Euro qualifier.

"There are two big games coming up for me," he said. "We have got England up first in a friendly, but I suppose in our eyes there is only one big game this summer and that is Scotland.

"It's always good to play against lads you play club football with and England have a few Everton boys. We played them a few years ago and I faced Jags (Phil Jagielka) and Bainesy (Leighton Baines) but this time Ross (Barkley) is involved so it will be good to play against him.

"There will be a great atmosphere for the England game, there always is. England will bring a few over and our fans always support us well. We are using that as build-up to our main game against Scotland where we need the three points.

"Unfortunately they beat us in Scotland but there wasn't much in the game. We have a lot more to give and hopefully we can take the points this time around. Hopefully Naisy (Steven Naismith) isn't his usual self in that one - I have already had a few little digs at him just in case!"

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