Shay Given admits his lack of action with Manchester City is not ideal for his international career.
Given has found himself playing second fiddle to Joe Hart this season with the England keeper the No.1 in Roberto Mancini's plans.
The 34-year-old has admitted his frustration with his current situation at Eastlands, but despite not playing for City he is set to win his 107th cap against Russia in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier.
Given, along with skipper Robbie Keane and midfielder Glenn Whelan, have all been under-employed by their clubs, but Given insists they will be ready to give their all against Russia.
"It's not ideal, obviously, maybe more so for the outfield players because they have got to physically run around for a lot longer than I will be running around, I suppose," noted Given.
"But all I know is whoever the manager picks on Friday, we will give our all for our country, as we have always done.
"That's all you can ask in any sport, to do your best, and I am sure Glenn and Robbie and myself will do our best come Friday night."
The Republic have taken six points from their opening two qualifiers against Armenia and Andorra, but Given accepts Russia and next week's opponents Slovakia will provide sterner tests.
"It's a different level. We have only got off to a good start, we know that, and that's all we could do last month," added Given
"But we know these two games will probably prove where we are as a team and ultimately if we are going to qualify for the European Championships."
DrawAsked if a draw would be a good result, the goalkeeper replied: "Would I take a draw on Friday night? Ideally, we are at home and we want to win, obviously, but we must not lose as well.
"I don't know. It's a good question. We want to win the game, but we know Russia have got some great players and it is going to be one of the most difficult games in the group."