Doyle - Captaincy a privilege
Kevin Doyle has said captaining Republic of Ireland against South Africa was an absolute privilege.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 09/09/09 4:10pm
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has said captaining Republic of Ireland against South Africa was an absolute privilege.
The 25-year-old forward lead out his country for the 1-0 win in Limerick in the absence of first-choice skipper Robbie Keane, with a superb Liam Lawrence free-kick securing the win.
And Doyle admitted that he was delighted with the victory because he may never captain his country again.
"I could have that 100 per cent record for ever," he said. "To captain the team was a privilege and if I never get to do it again, I will be delighted with that tonight.
"It's a privilege. My family, everyone, when they heard they were absolutely thrilled, so I was just delighted to go out there, and to win as well was nice."
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni tinkered with his side for the friendly against next year's World Cup hosts, and Doyle was only one of three men who remained in the side from Saturday's 2-1 win in Cyprus.
"The amount of changes - there were eight changes from the team the other night - it was great that people could come in and we looked reasonably okay," he added.
"All the lads have been involved in training over the last year and a half now and they know what is expected of them. To win two games in a row is nice. The defeat here wasn't nice last month.
"It was only a friendly, but it's not nice to come to the stadium - it's probably the last time we will be here for a long, long time - and it was nice to get that win after being soundly beaten by Australia."