The Everton and Aston Villa players have teamed up together this past fortnight on international duty.

Seamus Coleman has told the Irish Examiner that he was very impressed by Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane’s interview.

Villa man Hourihane opened up about his struggles with seeing younger players not putting in enough effort on the training ground nowadays.

And Coleman, who is captain of Ireland, believes that the Aston Villa midfielder is exactly right with his analysis.

“I actually read that interview with Conor and spoke to him afterward,” he said.

“I thought it was brilliant. He is right. The game’s changing. There are so many different personalities but I do think that drive probably isn’t the same anymore in kids.”

Hourihane’s drive has seen him complete a rather remarkable career story at Villa.

The Ireland international has risen through the lower leagues to become a Premier League player at Villa.

Hourihane will now come up against Coleman in the top flight in the coming campaign, when Villa take on Everton.

Hourihane may not be a permanent starter for Dean Smith’s side, but he still plays a fairly important role, and should get plenty of game time over the course of the campaign.

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