Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny is still eyeing top spot in League B of the Nations League, with the opening four games to take place across a ten-day period in June.

"It will be a busy schedule for Kenny's squad, but one that the manager is relishing.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport at the Spar FAI Primary School 5s National Finals in the Aviva Stadium, he said: "It's very exciting what we have coming up, we've got Armenia away, Scotland at home, Ukraine at home, and then we go to Poland to play Ukraine. Four game in ten days, so it's a really intensive, brilliant period for us.

"Nathan Collins and Seamus Coleman are still playing up to this weekend, Sheffield United (in the championship play-off semi-final) are playing tonight, so we'll see how that goes. The players in League One finished last week, so they all have their individual programmes and have all been monitored.

"Preparations have been good and we'll have a week lead-in into Armenia to get ourselves ready."

In the aftermath of last December's draw for the 2022-23 Nations League. Kenny was in no doubt as to what he wants from the tournament, when saying: "Winning the group will certainly be our ambition. We're going into the competition to win matches and to do well in that tournament. Without doubt, that’s our ambition."

Five months on and the message is still the same, even though the manager did stress the competitive nature of the group.

"Our aim is still to win it and that hasn't changed," he added.

"Realistically we are third favourites behind Ukraine. We play them in Lodz in a stadium in 2019 where they won the U-20 World Cup. Subsequently they went to the Euros where they were beaten by England in the quarter-finals. They are a serious team.

"Scotland have had a great period as well and now have a lot of players playing in the top end of the Premier League.

"Armenia have qualified for the B stage on merit, winning a group with Georgia and North Macedonia. It's a real good group and everybody will take points off each other."

As the English league season draws to a close, it is worth noting that some of Kenny's squad have been on promotion-winning teams. A welcome development for the individual players and for helping to make Ireland even more competitive ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Kenny with Chiedozie Ogbene

"At one stage we had eight players from League One in the squad. Wigan players got promoted - James McClean and Will Keane; Chiedozie Ogbene came up with Rotherham and Mark Sykes has moved to Bristol City.

"I don't think Troy Parrott or Gavin Bazunu will be in League One for much longer; they'll either get a loan to the Championship or higher up."

"Mark Travers having a great season with Bournemouth, after their promotion to the Premier League. It's a golden period for goalkeepers with three strong keepers now available to us.

"Nathan Collins was nominated for one of the Premier League player of the month. He has had a terrific time since his move from Stoke to Burnley."

The Irish boss Kenny looks set to include Swansea striker Michael Obafemi in his squad for the June assignments. Obafemi, who won his only Ireland cap under Martin O'Neill in 2018, has scored 12 goals in his last 16 games.

"He has a manager at Swansea (Russell Martin) that believes in him. Scoring 12 goals in the last 16 games in the Championship; that's an exceptional strike rate. His all-round game has improved no end. He has done very well."