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Monday 5 December 2016

Praise for Daryl from on-song scorer Coleman

Everton's Seamus Coleman Photo: PA
Everton's Seamus Coleman Photo: PA

Seamus Coleman, on a high after scoring his first goal in 20 games for club and country, says he'd love to see Dundalk star Daryl Horgan follow in his footsteps by earning a place in the Ireland squad.

Coleman scored his first goal since February in Everton's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, a victory which pushed Ronald Koeman's side up to second place in the table, their best start to a season in 38 years.

Making only his second appearance of the season for his club following injury, Coleman is delighted with the Toffees' start to the season but he's also kept an eye on events at home and he paid tribute to Dundalk for their 1-1 draw away to AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League group stages last week, where Galway native Horgan caught the eye, the question arising whether a player can ever get an Ireland call-up while attached to a League of Ireland side.

"It's a question for the manager, but I know there are a couple of players who have done really well, especially the little winger Daryl Horgan," Coleman told Today FM. "I know the manager has been to watch him a few times and the Europa League is a great platform to show what they can do.

"It can be difficult to pick a player based on League of Ireland performances and that's coming from someone who played there, but now that they're playing in the Europa League and showing it against the top teams, why not?

"It's a big step up but they look to be very fit. The manager (Stephen Kenny) has them very fit so that's half the battle. They've got some good technical players too and hopefully they can do well," added Coleman, his side now with four wins in five matches, equalling the 13-point haul of the 1978/79 season.

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