Ireland manager Stephen Kenny admits that "60 to 70% of our best players are defenders"
“We can shape our team around that."
It appears Stephen Kenny has settled into his best tactical formation, where the primary objective is to utilise the wing-backs, and accommodate room for players like Matt Doherty and Seamus Coleman to play on the same side.
Although some see this as an overly defensive set-up, the Republic of Ireland manager insists that his system of choice is designed to get the best out of players that he has at his disposal.
One attacking prospect in the Ireland ranks that has gotten people excited however, is the emergence of Chiedozie Ogbene.
Born in Nigeria, the Rotherham United player moved to Cork with his parents at seven and pledged his allegiance to Ireland last year amid interest from his birth country.