Seamus Coleman has once again shown he is one of football’s good guys with a poignant phone call from the training ground to an Everton team-mate.
The Blues captain led the team to safety after a grueling relegation battle that nearly ended in disaster. Frank Lampard praised the 33-year-old throughout the final weeks of the season, rating his leadership skills so highly that he included him in the matchday squad to face Burnley as he knew it was unlikely he would be able to play a role on the pitch as he regained his fitness.
In the aftermath of the dramatic comeback victory over Crystal Palace that ensured Everton’s survival in the Premier League, manager Lampard went a step further and declared Coleman one of the best people he had met.
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Speaking after the last game of the season, the loss to Arsenal, Lampard added: “I’ve never met someone who has his morals and his standards and he’s an incredible player. You talk about legends of football clubs and he is definitely one of those.”
Coleman is currently on duty with the Republic of Ireland, which he also manages, for the Nations League.
And on Tuesday, the Irish FA released footage of him with two Ukrainian children who live in Ireland – revealing Coleman called Blues team-mate and Ukraine international Vitalii Mykolenko so they could speak to him.
The Irish FA wrote on Twitter: “We welcomed two Ukrainian children who live in Ireland, Illia Sydorenko and Mattvii Rybkin, to training today. As a special treat, our skipper Seamus Coleman video called his team-mate from Everton Vitalii Mykolenko to say hello. Watch their reaction.”