SEAMUS Coleman will remain as the Republic of Ireland captain under new manager Stephen Kenny.
The 31-year-old Killybegs man has been Ireland’s captain since September 2016 when Martin O’Neill handed him the armband.
Mick McCarthy kept Coleman as his captain and Kenny – who officially became McCarthy’s successor last weekend – has confirmed that he intends to keep the Everton ace as skipper.
“I rang Seamus as captain, to reassure him that he will be the captain of Ireland under my tenure,” Kenny said.
“The reason being that every value he has as a man and a player, the way he prepares and applies himself, I admire.
“He’s a great ambassador, but ambassador is one thing. How he carries himself, his overall commitment to Irish football makes him an absolute stand-out captain for us.”