If he turned on the telly in the team hotel ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Northern Ireland last Thursday, Séamus Coleman might have taken inspiration from watching Theresa May defend her Brexit deal in the House of Commons.
As confusion reigned and the winds of mutiny began to swirl around Westminster, some praised May for her grim determination, for the fact that despite having campaigned to remain in the EU, she had been doggedly pursuing this hopeless Brexit task for two years now; she was defending the virtues of a cause she surely could not truly believe in, all out of a sense of duty to the job.
Which pretty much sums up the lot of the Republic of Ireland captain in the last week.
After the dismal goalless draws with Northern Ireland and Denmark which brought an end to Martin O’Neill’s five-year reign as manager, Coleman had to front up and hail each result as the best possible deal in the circumstances and a platform to reach the sunlit uplands of Euro 2020 qualification.
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