Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has one genuine selection dilemma on his hands and it is between his two right-backs.
In Seamus Coleman and Matt Doherty, McCarthy has two viable options at right-back. Both players are regulars for mid-table Premier League sides
Everton star Coleman won his 50th cap the other night against Gibraltar and is the captain of the national side with his experience making him tough to drop.
But Doherty is an exciting player, starring as a wing-back for high-flying Wolves, who are seventh in the Premier League and in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The 27-year-old played his fifth game for the Republic of Ireland against Gibraltar but was deployed as a right-winger, ahead of Coleman.
In difficult conditions, both Coleman and Doherty struggled to make a telling impact on the game and many Irish fans believe it has to be one or the other.
McCarthy might be forced to choose between Coleman and Doherty as his starting right-back and then select an out-and-out winger instead.
The alternative option would be to play Doherty at left-back instead of Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens. Here are some opinions from Ireland fans discussing this selection dilemma.
Sorry lads. But it’s one or the other with Colman or Docherty.
— Stephen Henderson (@stevehendo07) March 23, 2019
Could we not go 3 at the back play Coleman as one of the 3? Doherty as a wingback?
— Conor Fegan (@cfegan17) March 23, 2019
Doherty, Coleman is average lately.
— The Coach Diary (@Coachdiary) March 23, 2019
Thought Coleman should’ve been the one taken off
— smurphy2022 (@smurphy2022) March 23, 2019
Exactly and players should be picked on form so docherty should be first choice ( move Coleman to left full) ??
— Stephen (@MackerStephen) March 23, 2019
Would Coleman make a good centre back?
— Niall Mhaoilmhiaigh (@NiMhaoilmhiaigh) March 24, 2019
I know Coleman is a leader and captain but I’d have Doherty
— Gary Hackett (@GaryHackett10) March 23, 2019
Stick with Coleman
— David Gilligan (@DavidGilligan2) March 23, 2019