Séamus Coleman says Republic of Ireland show the benefit of hard work

The flying Everton full-back has become a key part of the Republic’s Euro 2016 squad after missing out four years ago

Séamus Coleman’s story of late takes in personal and collective frustration at Everton while for the Republic of Ireland he has associated the European Championship with more of the same.

Four years ago, Coleman was omitted from the Ireland squad that made an ill-fated appearance in Poland and Ukraine because the manager at the time, Giovanni Trapattoni, did not trust him. The Italian likes his full-backs to defend first and foremost; Coleman, then 23, always felt the need to bomb forward.

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