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Wednesday 16 August 2017

No sign of any let-up in flood of goals from Keane says impressed Brady

ROBBIE Brady feels that nothing can stop his namesake and fellow Dubliner Robbie Keane from keeping up his scoring streak.

Keane scored a hat-trick - the third of his Ireland career - in Saturday's 7-0 win over Gibraltar, a feat that guarantees the tallaght man's record of having scored in every calendar year for Ireland since 2000.

And even though he faces up to World Cup-winning keeper Manuel Neuer here in Gelsenkirchen tomorrow night, Keane can extend his scoring record past his current tally of 65 international goals, according to Brady.

"His movement is unbelievable and he's going to keep scoring," says Brady who won his ninth senior cap on a night when Keane played his his 136th international.

"I can't imagine him not being able to score a goal. He's flying again. To start with a hat-trick inside 16 minutes is just unbelievable. Just brilliant stuff."

But even though he's a relative rookie in international terms, still waiting to get his own appearances into double figures, Brady still has an idea of what to expect in Germany tomorrow night, a test which will clearly be along different lines to Saturday's cakewalk at home to Gibraltar.

"It will be a lot different I'd say but we have a good six points going into tomorrow and hopefully we'll get our set-up right and come away with something," says Brady, who made his competitive debut at senior level in that 6-1 loss to Germany.

MESSAGE

"The Gibraltar win wasn't a message but it was good, I think the team will take confidence from that. There are goals in the lads.

"We watched a bit of footage on them against Poland and they were hard to break down, so we were lucky to put a few away against them early and it's just a good set up now for tomorrow," he added, unaware that just one more goal against Gibraltar would have equalled Ireland's all-time record win.

"I think the crowd were shouting for 10. It was good but I think we maybe could have scored a couple more," added Brady.

Meanwhile, Brady's close pal and team-mate from their schoolboy days with St Kevin's Boys, Jeff Hendrick, hopes that he has done enough to keep his place the starting XI for tomorrow's game in Germany.

Roy Keane admits to being a big admirer of Derby player Hendrick, while Martin O'Neill also rates the 22-year-old, who was picked against Gibraltar ahead of Stephen Quinn and Glenn Whelan, who was rested on Saturday but is expected to return on Tuesday.

"I don't know, we've got a big squad here so everyone is going to be fighting for games," says Hendrick when asked if he would start in Germany.

WORKED HARD

"The players who came on against Gibraltar worked hard and played great when they came on.

" So there are a lot of good players in the squad. We'll see.

"I was happy to get back and play 90 minutes. It's the first 90 minutes I've played since August..

"Sometimes I lost the ball too easy or maybe forced it a bit.

"But I think I'm going to get that with my first game back, so I can't be too harsh on myself.

"It's going to be a tough game tonight. But we are going to make sure it's a tough game for them as well and hopefully we can get our performance right and see how it goes," Hendrick added.

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