Séamus Coleman (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a right-back and captains both Premier League club Everton and the Republic of Ireland national team.
Originally a Gaelic footballer, Coleman started his association football career with St Catherine’s in Killybegs. He joined League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers in 2006 after impressing in a friendly against them. He then made the move to England to sign for Everton in January 2009 for a £60,000 fee. In 2010, he spent half a season on loan with Blackpool, helping them win promotion via the Championship play-offs, before returning to Everton where he has made over 300 appearances, and has been regarded as one of the league’s best full-backs.
Coleman has been a senior international for the Republic of Ireland since 2011, acquiring over 50 caps. He won the 2011 Nations Cup and was awarded the FAI Under-21 International Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. He was selected for the Ireland squad at UEFA Euro 2016, captaining Ireland against both Italy and France. He was named the new Ireland captain in September 2016 following Robbie Keane’s international retirement.
Coleman was born in the fishing port of Killybegs, in the Irish county of Donegal. Two of his uncles played Gaelic football. His maternal aunt Anne (née Carr) came from Crove between Glengesh and Meenaneary, and is the mother of Dessie Farrell.
Coleman received his first call-up to the senior squad in October 2010, and made his full international debut in the Republic of Ireland’s inaugural Nations Cup match against Wales on 8 February 2011, which Ireland won 3–0.
On 29 May 2013, Coleman was named Man of the Match for his performance against England at Wembley Stadium. He crossed the ball for Shane Long’s opening goal of the game, a header past Joe Hart. Coleman captained Ireland for the first time in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Germany on 11 October 2013, his 25th birthday, which Ireland lost 3–0 in Cologne.