MARTIN O’NEILL HAS admitted that he has ‘someone in mind’ to succeed Robbie Keane as captain of the Republic of Ireland.
Seamus Coleman (pictured by Stephen Doherty) will not play in tomorrow’s international friendly against Oman at the Aviva Stadium but it is hoped that the Everton right-back will be able to return from an ankle injury to face Serbia in Belgrade in the first World Cup 2018 qualifier against Serbia on Monday.[adrotate group=”38″]
Robbie Keane has been skipper since 2006, when Stephen Staunton handed him the armband but will make his farewell appearance tomorrow night in Dublin.
At Euro 2016, with Keane on the substitutes’ bench, John O’Shea captained Ireland in their opening two fixtures against Sweden in Paris and then Belgium in Bordeaux. However, Coleman took over when O’Shea was left out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 win over Italy in Lille and in Lyon as Ireland lost out 2-1 to hosts France in the last 16.
“Seamus came in a did very well indeed and did excellent,”O’Neill said this afternoon. “John has been captain once or twice and other have too but I’ve got someone in mind and I’ll let you know.”[adrotate group=”82″]