The Republic of Ireland embarked on what they hope will be the road that leads to Russia in two years' time with a 2-2 draw against Serbia in Belgrade this evening.
Coleman has been named as captain in the starting XI and the match was given the go-ahead after a final pitch inspection determined that the pitch was playable despite heavy rains in the Serbian capital.
Coleman's Goodison team-mate James McCarthy wasn't be involved — he was sent back to Finch Farm last week to reportedly undergo surgery on a groin problem.
Aiden McGeady, who is playing on loan for Preston North End this season, is among the substitutes.
Meanwhile, Ashley Williams played 82 minutes of Wales's thumbing 4-0 win over Moldova.
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1 Posted 05/09/2016 at 19:44:26
Coleman needs to look after himself!
2 Posted 05/09/2016 at 19:46:56
That said, I hope Seamus captains them to victory and is fit for the bench at the weekend Holgate doesn't deserve to be dropped on current form.
3 Posted 05/09/2016 at 20:22:50
They are one-nil up as I type... Gwan !!
Get him back to Everton safely please!!
4 Posted 05/09/2016 at 21:22:18
5 Posted 05/09/2016 at 22:27:56
I think it will be a while before he take's back his place from Holgate.
6 Posted 05/09/2016 at 22:48:27
7 Posted 06/09/2016 at 00:57:53
8 Posted 06/09/2016 at 09:30:21
9 Posted 06/09/2016 at 10:41:45
On loan at Preston for the season.
10 Posted 06/09/2016 at 11:30:46
11 Posted 06/09/2016 at 12:07:08
12 Posted 06/09/2016 at 12:21:42
Thought they played ok, considering the poor conditions and odd refereeing. Seamus looking more like a leader than Jags.
13 Posted 06/09/2016 at 12:32:00
O'Neill will point to his actual achievements in beating Germany and Italy but the man is playing a style of football that's 20 years out of date.
14 Posted 06/09/2016 at 13:42:57
15 Posted 06/09/2016 at 14:03:47
16 Posted 06/09/2016 at 15:36:33
There is a lot more competition for places in the EFC back 4 now which can only be good for the team as a whole.
17 Posted 06/09/2016 at 17:49:59
18 Posted 06/09/2016 at 21:07:09
19 Posted 07/09/2016 at 11:01:23
20 Posted 07/09/2016 at 11:12:50
As far as expectations are concerned, I expect a manager with Ireland's players to let them play. You know, control the ball the odd time and pass it the feet of players on their own team.
What we saw was tackle, long ball down the channel and hope the incredibly willing Shane Long can win us a throw-in and repeat.
Were you impressed with the performance Mick?
21 Posted 08/09/2016 at 18:54:36
Why mend anything unbroken.
Seamus will fight for his place, like all of them this time round, will realise.
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