Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed Seamus Coleman will start as captain for Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Gibraltar.
McCarthy has a conundrum to fit in Coleman and Matt Doherty who has been in sensational form in the Premier League.
But the Ireland boss confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Coleman will start the game.
It remains to be seen if Doherty will start in a more forward role, with McCarthy set to inform the players of his selection later tonight before it is announced around an hour before kick-off at the Victoria Stadium tomorrow.
McCarthy said: "The players will know [the starting team] certainly before tomorrow. I'll let them know in good time.
With less than 24 hours to start of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, @Corktod reports from Gibraltar where manager Mick McCarthy is looking to start his second time in charge with three points pic.twitter.com/sbgyQY1wl4— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 22, 2019
"The butterflies are there already. It's getting closer and closer. I'm glad I have that feeling because if I lose that then there would be something wrong. That has been with me from the first game I ever played."
Ireland trained on the artificial surface in a windswept Gibraltar on Fridayr as a severe weather warning was issued.
However, McCarthy was not fazed by the prospect of strong winds.
He said: "You are aware where we play our football? We don't play in ideal conditions all the time in terms of weather, bearing in mind that I started at Barnsley and been at Sunderland and been to Glasgow.
"That's nothing that concerns me, I can't do anything about that. It is what it is. We'll just get on with it."
Follow Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland (kick-off 5pm) with our live blog on RTÉ Sport Online or the RTÉ News Now app, watch live on RTÉ2 or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport