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Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI will receive a rapturous ovation before his Croke Park debut against Serbia tonight, but has warned Ireland supporters, "I am not God."

Expectation is huge as Trapattoni encounters his first fixture since taking over the post, with 63,000 tickets already sold despite alternative attractions on a busy day of sport.

"The first days there was a little bit of nervousness but every day my players improve, they have belief in themselves," said the Italian.

"I'm satisfied that we have put in place the different foundations we need to challenge."

Trapattoni has named two new caps in his starting eleven for the game, with QPR defender Damien Delaney and Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan handed starting berths.

Robbie Keane has relished the opportunity to work with Irish football's new gaffer.

"His enthusiasm on the pitch is amazing, he has so much energy and that reflects on the players", says Keane.

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