Focus is on Eu­ros now for Cole­man

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

FOOT­BALL: Re­pub­lic of Ire­land skip­per Sea­mus Cole­man will use the lin­ger­ing pain of miss­ing out on World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion to fuel a bid for a place at the Euro 2020 fi­nals.

Cole­man and his team-mates head into friendly bat­tle with France in Paris tonight know­ing their sea­son will be over af­ter they face the USA in Dublin next week­end with their dreams of mak­ing it to Rus­sia hav­ing been torn apart by Den­mark in Novem­ber.

By con­trast Di­dier Deschamps’s men, who beat Ire­land 2-1 in Lyon two years ago to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of Euro 2016, will use the game to hone them­selves for an­other ma­jor tour­na­ment.

Cole­man said: “Ob­vi­ously, the dis­ap­point­ment has grown a lit­tle bit more again re­cently with all the ex­cite­ment of the World Cup and we’re dis­ap­pointed not to be there.

“But since that night against Den­mark, once we let that set­tle down, we needed to get pre­pared for the next cam­paign and that’s what we’re start­ing to do.

“But it’s a good thing that we’re dis­ap­pointed not mak­ing these tour­na­ments now. “

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