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Republic of Ireland boss Kenny explains Man City keeper Bazunu being his No1

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny says Manchester City goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is his No1.

Kenny rates the on-loan Portsmouth keeper ahead of Liverpool's Caoimhin Kelleher.

"When you meet Gavin for the first time in a group, he is a leader and has leadership qualities," Kenny said, explaining why Bazunu is first choice.

"He is just someone who carries himself with this sort of aura. He would have done well in life whatever he had done. He has a presence, has a sort of unflappable nature that is incredible for one so young. He has obvious inbuilt character traits that give you the capacity to give away a penalty but then save it in the same vein.

"You never underestimate Caoimhin. He played for me in the under-21 team, he played ten of the 12 internationals. He was the one who played most for me. He's laconic, makes goalkeeping nearly an art form. It's beautiful to watch him, aesthetically amazing to watch.

"I don't think I've ever said that about a goalkeeper, brilliant to watch, such style and composure under pressure. It's just a great position to be in. I don't consider those problems. They are good problems.

"We have three keepers. Mark Travers, he has had the best season. Probably because Gavin is playing in League One, you wouldn't consider that he's had the best season. Mark arguably has had in terms of whether you measure Caoimhín winning the trophy."

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