Coleman hungry for more caps

Seamus Coleman admits tasting international football with the Republic of Ireland has left him wanting more.

Seamus Coleman admits tasting international football with the Republic of Ireland has left him wanting more.

The Everton winger, 22, had friends and family inside the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night to see him make his debut against Wales in the first game of the inaugural Carling Nations Cup which ended in a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts.

After playing for almost an hour, Coleman is hoping Giovanni Trapattoni saw enough to keep faith in him for the crunch Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia next month.

"Playing for your country is what every professional wants to do and I am no different," said the former Sligo Rovers player.

"The more caps the merrier for me.

"He (Trapattoni) was delighted with the good convincing win and he congratulated me on my debut, which was all I wanted.

"To be honest I just wanted to play whether it be right back or right wing. I am used to right wing because of my time at Everton and I really enjoyed it.

"I am just going to go back to Everton and to work hard there and hopefully the club form will be rewarded with more caps at international level.

"The game was similar to Premier League football," added Coleman. "We knew all about their players as well so that probably helped on my debut.

"There were a bit of nerves beforehand but I wasn't overly nervous. A small amount of nerves is always good to have so I was fine and I really enjoyed it. All my family and friends were down from Donegal so they went home happy."

Coleman made way for Birmingham midfielder Keith Fahey who scored his second goal for Ireland in the 82nd minute with a wonderful free-kick to seal the win.

"I haven't been taking free kicks since I left St Patrick's so it was nice that I had the confidence to take it and nice to score," said Fahey.

"It is always was nice to get a run and do well.

"Darren's was a great goal and he took it well, it was a great finish.

"They were dogged enough and I think once we scored once they crumbled enough.

"I have been playing on the left since I moved to Birmingham so it's not unfamiliar.

"I probably feel more comfortable there now.

"It would be probably unfamiliar to play me in the centre to be honest, but it was good to get on and get some game time. I haven't been playing all that much."

Defender Darren O'Dea, who came on as a late substitute, was pleased at the way Ireland went about their business in what was Gary Speed's first game in charge of Wales.

"It was a good way to start the tournament," he said.

"We have a qualifier next month so that will give us the confidence going in to that.

"It was a good test for us but we played well in parts and it was a comfortable enough win in the end.

"To be fair to Wales they did fine, we were just the better team on the night.

"They are probably putting new things in place which might take time.

"We have been under the same manager for a while so we are just delighted with the way we played."

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