SEAMUS COLEMAN believes that Darron Gibson and James McCarthy are capable of striking up a successful partnership for both club and country.
The Donegal man has welcomed Gibson's return from exile for the double header with Germany and Kazakhstan and believes the fact they are working together every day can be a serious bonus for Ireland's future prospects.
"They are both brilliant players," says Coleman. "They're both very good on the ball and they can get about the pitch as well. Hopefully, it (playing together) can bode well for being here with Ireland as well.
"Darron has been brilliant since he came to us, although I know he has been injured too. But since he came from Manchester United, he has been brilliant. His range of passing is brilliant and he will be a great asset.
"James has settled in straight away. He has been superb in all the games he has played in. Obviously, the manager knew what he brought to the table and he signed him, which was great for us."
Gibson was no fan of Giovanni Trapattoni, but Coleman paid his respects to the departed manager and sent a message to thank him for giving him his international breakthrough when news broke of his departure.
That said, he had a feeling the end was nigh after the loss to Austria and indicated it was the right time for a fresh voice.
"He was a nice man and gave me the cap, so I've no complaints with him. It is never nice to see any manager go, but maybe now the time is right to move on from that and, hopefully, we can be successful again.
"I'm hoping whoever comes in can help us along the way. We have good players that he has to come in and work with.
"Whoever it is, we have to work our socks off to impress him and make sure we are in his plans."
Coleman has enjoyed working with Noel King this week, adding that his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the players.
"He has come in and he has been full of life, which is good," he said.
"It would be nice for us players to give him a good performance. It's a big occasion for Noel too.
"Obviously, it wasn't nice, that feeling we had when we lost to Germany last year (6-1), and we obviously don't want that again, so we'll be going out there to play well and to do well for Noel as well.
"It's his first game and we want to give him a good performance, so, hopefully, we can."