Ireland captain Seamus Coleman believes that the country is behind the players again following their unbeaten start to Euro 2020 qualifying under Mick McCarthy.
The Boys in Green came from a goal down to draw against Denmark in Copenhagen on Friday night thanks to a late Shane Duffy header ensured that they would be going into Monday’s game with Gibraltar top of Group D.
On Saturday after the players returned from Denmark, a number of them attended GAA and League of Ireland games with captain Coleman going to see his native Donegal in action against Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Coleman explained that it was fantastic to get the opportunity to go and see his county compete and joked that all the photos on social media would’ve made it difficult for him to hide the trip from McCarthy.
“Yeah, I’m glad I asked the manager’s permission before I went as I’m sure he would have found out by now!”,
“It was great to go, thankfully the manager let me pop out for a couple of hours. It was great to see Donegal win and play so well.”
The win sends Donegal through to another Ulster final, where they will face either Cavan or Armagh.
“Hopefully they can get that Ulster title again and go from there.
“I thought they were very dangerous going forward and my own clubmen, Eoin Ban Gallagher and Hugh McFadden did very well, and Ryan McHugh is a great player. They have great players all around the pitch and hopefully they can win the final.”
The Irish captain also explained that during the game a number of fans approached him from both counties expressing their pride in the team and their recent performances.
Coleman sees it as an indication that the country is behind the Boys in Green.
“The people of Donegal and even the people of Tyrone were very proud of the team, and thanked me and thanked the lads for the result. They were very happy to see that ball go in and very proud.
“That’s good to know that the country are behind us, it’s great for the players to realise that and when we are out there we do think of the fans.”
The Everton full-back, as well as Mick McCarthy, will be preparing for the second game of this month’s doubleheader as they take on Gibraltar in the Aviva Stadium on Monday night.