Kevin Doyle has spoken of his honour at being handed the captaincy for Republic of Ireland's friendly with South Africa.
Wolves striker Doyle will skipper his country for the first time in Tuesday's friendly with World Cup hosts South Africa in Limerick.
Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni has given him captain's armband, with regular skipper Robbie Keane being allowed to miss the game along with a number of other stars.
Doyle is relishing the role of captain and admits it is one of the biggest honours of his career.
"I just phoned my parents and they were delighted," said Doyle. "They didn't expect me to be playing in the game, so for them to hear I was going to be made captain, they were delighted.
"Very few people get to captain their country. It's a friendly game but to me, that doesn't make any difference.
"I will remember it - you never know when I will get the chance again. There are five or six lads who have more caps than me and would have been ahead of me, so I will relish every second that I get to be captain."