New Wales manager Ryan Giggs aims to ensure the availability of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey after labelling criticism that he was not committed to the country during his playing days as "unfair".
Former Manchester United winger Giggs captained Wales and won 64 caps in an international career spanning 16 years between 1991 and 2007.
But his regular withdrawal from Wales squads - he did not feature in an international friendly until 2000 - upset many fans who questioned his commitment and have taken to social media to voice displeasure at his appointment as Chris Coleman's successor.
Giggs, however, has defended his international playing record as he attempts to win over sceptical supporters - an ambition, he admits, can only be achieved by winning games.
"I played over 1000 games and I didn't get there without managing myself," Giggs said after agreeing a four-year deal to take Wales into the 2020 European Championship and 2022 World Cup competitions.
Giggs now finds himself in the same situation that the likes of Bobby Gould, Mark Hughes and John Toshack used to when they were hoping he would be available for international duty.
Although the Euro 2016 semi-finalists based their success under Coleman on a strong team bond and high work ethic, there is no denying the importance of Real Madrid forward Bale and Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to the cause.
Both have had spells on the sidelines through injury this season, and it remains to be seen whether they will be available for Giggs' opening games at the China Cup in March.
Giggs spent almost his entire club career at United playing under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Scot retired before Giggs' final season at Old Trafford and the Welshman admits he will tap into Ferguson's knowledge as he starts out on his first job in football management.
But Giggs - who suggested he could have Welshmen and non-Welshmen on his coaching staff - insists he is very much his own man when it comes to making tough decisions.