Phil Jagielka: We Will Do it For Seamus

"Iceland were brilliant in the Euros and won on Friday and will pose us problems, but I hope the lads who start and come on will stake a claim for future global appearances". If the Waterford man's leg had been planted in the ground at the moment of impact, it can be safely assumed that he could have suffered injuries just as ugly as his skipper.

"We'll all be thinking about him and, come Saturday and Tuesday, I'm sure he'll have the TV on and be cheering us on", the Daily Mail quotes Jagielka as saying.

During this hard time for the 28-year-old, kind-hearted Ireland fans Reece and Cody Kenny from County Offaly have offered their support with an adorable hand-written letter.

Right-back Coleman has started 26 of Everton's 29 Premier League matches so far this season and fellow defender Jagielka added: "Seamus is a massive part of the furniture".

"I know the doctors and surgeons are all very, very pleased with the way the operation has gone and now it's time for recuperation".

Despite initial fears that the 28-year-old would never return to the game, specialists declared the surgery in Dublin a success and it's understood that the defender can make a full recovery.

There are issues at stake and for some, tonight is the chance to get their first caps: Andy Boyle, Daryl Horgan, Conor Hourihane and John Egan all hoping for debuts.

"But now we have to, for Seamus, get to that World Cup". The last time the two countries met was in September 1997 when Ireland won 4-2 in Reykjavik in a World Cup qualifier thanks to two goals from Roy Keane and one each from David Connolly and Mark Kennedy.

The Program acts as an insurance to football clubs that are obliged to release players who are called up to play for their respective national teams. "I think he is capable of making that step and he's done very well when he played for us before".

O'Neill has managed players who've come back from similar injuries.

  • Julie Sanders