An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has wished the Irish national team luck ahead of our first game of the 2022 World Cup qualification campaign.
We take on Serbia at 7.45pm on Wednesday night, and like many countries around the world, we could really do with a win right about now.
Sharing a link to a fantastic promotional video released by the FAI, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has urged the boys in green to "give the country a welcome lift".
Wishing Stephen Kenny and his Ireland team every success tonight v Serbia 🇮🇪 🇷🇸
I know you can kick off our World Cup campaign with a great result – and give the country a welcome lift.#COYBIG #WeAreOne @FAIreland https://t.co/htnipiclFz
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) March 24, 2021
Golfing hero Shane Lowry also shared the video, and will surely be tuning into the game tonight.
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) March 24, 2021
In terms of early team news, reports from the camp suggest that captain Seamus Coleman will be starting alongside Matt Doherty.
While both are right backs, the Spurs man is a much more attacking option, so it's entirely possible we will see him on the right side of midfield.
Stephen Kenny said: "They are two of our better players and you have to find a way of getting the best out of your best players. That’s your job."
Captain Coleman also backed Shane Duffy to slot right back into the team, despite having a subpar season on loan at Celtic from Brighton.
Clearly, Duffy appreciated Coleman's warm comments.
Thanks skip love ye 💚 https://t.co/5TvtvS1a6C
— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) March 23, 2021
Never change, Seamus.