Seamus Coleman has told a Junior Fans’ Forum on Everton’s official website that two of his current colleagues figure on the list of best players he has had the pleasure of playing with.
The Toffees defender has been quizzed by the club’s young supporters on a number of topics, with one asking him to rank those he has competed alongside down the years.
Coleman, who is also a full international for Republic of Ireland, admits he would find it difficult to narrow his choice down to one.
He has, however, offered up a selection of players that he considers to be the cream of the crop.
Goodison Park teammate Leighton Baines is a player Coleman holds in high regard, along with Steven Pienaar and former Manchester United and Everton striker Louis Saha.
Coleman said in a video posted on the club’s official website: “I’ve played with so many good players with Ireland and with Everton. It would be difficult to pick out one because I’ve played with so many good players.
“Obviously the likes of Leighton Baines, with me being a full-back, he’s been absolutely brilliant in the Premier League. Steven Pienaar, when I joined the club, Louis Saha, they were top players.
“Then with Ireland, I’ve played with Damien Duff and Robbie Keane. It’s hard to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to play with a lot of good players.”
Coleman has been with Everton since 2009, so has seen plenty of players come and go on Merseyside.
He has also been part of the Ireland set-up since 2011 and now has 25 senior caps to his name.
The 26-year-old has worked with some illustrious figures during his time in both camps, so to make his shortlist is some achievement for the likes of Baines and Keane.