Focus is on Euros now for Coleman
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. “