Coleman returns to captain Ireland

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Seamus Coleman returns to captain Ireland in his first match after recovering from breaking his leg — against the same opposition, Wales, in tonight's Nations League game.

Coleman says he will not be thinking about his leg break as he prepares to face Wales again. The Everton right-back was out for almost a year after following a horrific tackle by Neil Taylor in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin last March. This is his first competitive international game since then.

"That night in Dublin is something that I'm not really thinking about, it's 18 months ago," Coleman said. "I've not forgotten about it, but it's something from the past.

"These games are a little bit different to playing other nationalities because you do know the players you're up against, but they are still great games to play in."

For Wales, there will be no Neil Taylor, but Everton's Ashley Williams, on loan at Stoke, is in the starting line-up for Wales. The game kicks off at 7:45 pm in Cardiff.

Meanwhile, England U21s take on their Dutch counterparts with Dominic Calvert-Lewin the only Everton player selected to start. Kenny, Dowell and Davies are on the bench.


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Brian Hennessy
1 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:09:01
Looks like Seamus is playing in a back three for Ireland tonight - will be interesting to see how he performs.

Wales look stronger than us on paper but they do have Williams at the back which gives us a chance..

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:33:57
Hmm... Everton have a new player!

Not many people know that! Thanks, Sky Sports. Best kept secret.

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:44:14
Another crap buy. Maddison has been nigh on invisible since we signed him. Typical Everton. Silva out!
Brian Williams
4 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:44:39
Can't wait to see him play for us alongside Neymar!
Jay Wood

5 Posted 06/09/2018 at 20:30:39
Opps! Not going well for the Irish. Least of all Roy Keane, scowling on the touchline I read in the Beeb's text commentary.

A couple of great lines from the commentary. First from Connor McNamara: "Roy Keane is sat down on the Irish bench. If looks could kill, there would be bodies everywhere."

And then from our former skip Kevin Ratcliffe (who, I've got to be honest, and say I don't find him the most enthralling of match commentators), but he came up with this great line:

"Roy Keane is scowling on the touchline, but in fairness, have you ever seen him smile? I think he gets up in the morning and smiles at the mirror, just to get it over and done with for the day."

They made me laugh, anyway...

Jay Wood

6 Posted 06/09/2018 at 20:34:27
And Michael K (and other US Blues)... some news for you out of Brazil ahead of the game with the USA in New Jersey tomorrow. The word is don't expect Richarlison in the starting XI.

In a training session yesterday Brazil played with what is expected to be a starting XI, made up of all the players who featured at the WC in the summer. Hopefully, he'll get some game in the 2nd half, or maybe a start on Tuesday against El Salvador.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 06/09/2018 at 21:01:02
Thanks, Jay. Looks like it's on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30 EDT / 4:30 PDT Friday.

And the USA game against Mexico on Tuesday is on ESPN 8:30 EDT / 5:30 PDT.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
8 Posted 06/09/2018 at 21:41:00
Fraser Hornby hat-trick for Scotland U21s.
Andy Meighan
9 Posted 06/09/2018 at 21:46:40
Is Maddison injured? Only I haven't seen him. Then again, I haven't seen Mina, Gomes, or Bernard except for a cameo at Dean Court. Ah well... I'm sure Leicester will welcome them all back soon.
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 06/09/2018 at 22:17:37
Good news, Phil. He's a midfielder who had a growth spurt and was converted to a striker. He's filled out and looks like he was always a big target man. He seems to get better and better. I really liked the look of him in Cyprus.
Jamie Crowley
11 Posted 06/09/2018 at 22:24:45
Oh my God! Ireland got hammered.

Seamus is having one hell of a rough start to a new season.

Victor Yu
12 Posted 07/09/2018 at 05:24:55
Has Ashley Williams recovered his form?

This is his contract year so I expect him to be better.

Brian Porter
13 Posted 07/09/2018 at 07:08:34
Did anyone notice that Lookman didn't even make the bench for England U21s last night?

As much as the lad may think he's the next great superstar, he needs to realise that RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick seems to be the only other person who agrees with him.

He is going to have to put in a hell of a lot of work in order to convince Silva and the fans that he is ready for a place in the first team. I really believe his head is full of fantasy crap planted there by Leipzig's boss who has fuelled his belief that he's better than he actually is at this moment in time.

He definitely has potential, but needs to be showing signs of it when he gets his chance to display his skills, instead of the 'petulant child' who seemed he couldn't give a damn in his sub appearance against Huddersfield.

Brian Murray
14 Posted 07/09/2018 at 07:17:59
Can we really afford the luxury of not including Hornby. A goal scorer obviously full of confidence and belief. Silva needs to start trusting these young lads.

Case in point: Jonjoe Kenny instead of a woeful Coleman, Dowell on the pitch when Sigurdsson can't or won't do what we need. Same for Beni Baningime if Schneiderlin starts coasting again.

John G Davies
15 Posted 07/09/2018 at 07:24:01
Potential Brian, and that's all it is at the moment.
He's got a chance of developing into a good player and hopefully he does.

Tony Everan
16 Posted 07/09/2018 at 09:25:34
Phil & Steve,

Pleased for Fraser Hornby and it is great experience for an 18-year-old. It will do his confidence the world of good. It would be good to see him on the bench for a full Scottish international match. If he keeps on scoring for the U21s, they will be suggesting it.

Tony Everan
17 Posted 07/09/2018 at 09:47:36

A little bit harsh, Lookman looked off the pace when he was brought on against Huddersfield. The lad hasn't had much game time due to the possible move and an alleged injury. He will be better than that.

Even so, he still played the most creative ball across the 6-yard box that Tosun missed by an inch and Sigurdsson missed by a big toe. Nobody else came close to providing any creativity or inspiration.

His focus and body language has to improve but I want to give him the chance to.

Brian Wilkinson
18 Posted 07/09/2018 at 12:02:46
Mike @7 the Tuesday game you mentioned on ESPN, is the 5:30 PDT referring it to being 5:30 am Wednesday morning, in the UK?
Derek Knox
19 Posted 07/09/2018 at 13:19:12
Phil @8, well spotted there mate, I have a feeling that this lad will be around for a while, and could even be knocking on the first team door sooner than we think.

I remember watching the England U21s about 5 years ago, maybe a bit longer, and the emergence of Harry Kane, a point shared with the late Harold Matthews; who we both thought was a star in the making.

I feel that young Fraser Hornby is a similar type player, and hope he emulates Harry in his progression.

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:25:23
Foreign club allegedly make a £25 million bid for young English kid who can't even get in the England Under 21 team, even on the bench?

Must be because he hasn't played enough football lately... Did Kenny, start last night?

Chris Cole
21 Posted 07/09/2018 at 23:53:49
Tony @ 20, no Kenny understandably (as he's not been playing for us) lost his place last night to Wan-Bissaka who's been starting right-back for Crystal Palace this season.

Of ours, only Calvert-Lewin started the game; Davies, Kenny & Dowell were all on the bench.

Watching him in the flesh I was a bit disappointed with Calvert-Lewin – maybe it'd have been different for him if he'd taken one of the two great chances he had in the first three minutes (one of which he made entirely for himself) but I expected more from him as a centre-forward.

Of our subs, only Davies got on and he only got about 15 minutes, which was staggering as the lad he replaced was having one. Tom did okay, and could have won it at the end but for a great block.

Dowell must have been disappointed not to have replaced Maddison when he was withdrawn. Demarai Gray (once linked with this parish) deservedly got the MotM.

Finally, it was the first time I'd seen Leicester left-back, Ben Chilwell in the flesh, but it was spooky how similar he was in terms of style of play and even running style to our own Leighton Baines...

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