Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny insists he has not lost any of his belief in defender Shane Duffy.

Duffy, who joined Celtic on loan from Brighton in September, was left out of the starting line-up for the Scottish champions' 4-1 win at Motherwell on Sunday, three days after their 4-1 home loss to Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

Kenny was asked on Sunday if he would faith with Duffy for the games ahead - Thursday's friendly clash with England at Wembley and the Nations League matches away to Wales on Sunday and at home to Bulgaria three days later.

He said of the vice-captain: "I have a list that my fitness coach and analyst compiled in relation to the amount of minutes and games our players have played.

"Shane Duffy has played, from starting the first game for me in Bulgaria (in September), 18 games in that period (prior to the Motherwell match).

"He didn't play (from the start) today, he came on at the end (in the 78th minute). That's fine. Maybe he needed a rest. We'll have a look - I'll see how he comes in, I'll chat to him and see how he is.

"But if you're asking me, have I got faith in Shane, I definitely do. I believe in him.

"I think his performances for Ireland overall, (under) three different managers, have been to a very high standard and I think we should appreciate him."

Despite his club situation, Randolph has been a rock for Ireland between the sticks.

Kenny said goalkeeper Darren Randolph remained first choice but admitted his lack of game time at West Ham was "an issue."

Randolph's only appearances for the Hammers since January have been in this season's Carabao Cup
"He went to West Ham to compete, to be number one, he backed himself, and he's been very consistent for Ireland," Kenny said.

"(Lukasz) Fabianski has the jersey at the moment and West Ham area going quite well, so it's not easy for Darren.

"He did play three Carabao Cup matches which kept him sharp, but they're out of that competition now.

"It is an issue, but Darren is our number one and that is not changing. Going forward, ideally playing matches would be preferable." 

Watch the Republic of Ireland's Wembley friendly against England this Thursday with coverage beginning on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player at 7.30pm.