Everton's former winger and current academy coach Kevin Sheedy has backed right-back Seamus Coleman to shine for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 and believes he has what it takes to become a leader for club and country, as quoted by the club's website.
Coleman impressed for Everton this term despite their underwhelming season, making 34 appearances in all competitions, and is likely to be a key figure for Ireland at his first major international tournament this summer.
The 27-year-old is one of the longest-serving players at Goodison Park, and has progressed from precocious young talent to a respected senior figure at the club.
That has been represented on the international stage, with Martin O'Neill having handed the defender the captaincy for the friendly with Switzerland in March.
Sheedy, who played with distinction for both the Toffees and Ireland, believes Coleman has become something of leader for both club and country and backed the player to shine for the Irish in France.
The 56-year-old told the Everton website: "Seamus has become a leader in that group. He has shown all the attributes he has at Everton on the international stage now and it is no surprise that Martin has made him captain in games.
"He will be really looking forward to the competition and I think Seamus will do really well."
Coleman will face competition from Derby County man Cyrus Christie, but will surely be O'Neill's first choice at right-back throughout the competition.
Ireland kick off their Euro 2016 campaign with a clash against Sweden on Monday.