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Coleman 'hungry' for World Cup spot

Seamus Coleman is determined to erase the memories of his Euro 2012 disappointment by booking a World Cup adventure.

The 24-year-old Everton defender did not make the Ireland squad for last summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine, and could only look on from afar as Giovanni Trapattoni's men so drastically under-performed.

Coleman has been a member of the senior squad for some time, but in recent fixtures has made the right-back spot his own, and said: "I have been in and around the squad and I haven't got as many games as I would have liked, but it definitely keeps me hungry."

He added: "One of my aims is to get to a major tournament with my country after missing out in the summer at the Euros.

"I'm sure there are a lot of lads out there who didn't go to the Euros who want to play in a major competition, so there is good hunger in the squad."

Coleman's form for both club and country has seen him take a major step forward in his career this season.

However, the former Sligo Rovers player is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He said: "I am happy in the team, but you can never take anything for granted. You have got a lot of players who want to come in and take your place.

"Stephen Kelly has been training well this week and playing well for Reading, so you can't take anything for granted.

"I am happy in the team, but I need to keep working and playing well to stay in it."


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