Monday 24 October 2016

Edgy Robbie Keane is ready for Euro finals tilt

Robbie Keane and Martin O'Neill at yesterday's press conference
Robbie Keane and Martin O'Neill at yesterday's press conference

ROBBIE Keane turned up beside Martin O'Neill in the captain's seat yesterday for Ireland's pre-match press conference but there is a better than even chance he won't be starting against Germany.

After a mildly heroic dash from his wife's bedside and his new baby boy in LA, Keane could be excused a slight grumpiness, particularly when he knows himself that his days as a certain starter are over.

"It's been a hectic two days, but very joyful to have a new baby in our family. Now I'm here with the Irish team and I'm fully focused," he said.

He is never anything else but there was a definite edge to his voice when rejected the suggestion that the drama over his newborn might have upset his equilibrium.


"I'm ready to go. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't," he added.

Starter or not, Keane will have some role to play over the next five days and his experience will be a vital anchor of O'Neill and his squad.

With that in mind, he wants everyone to push Scotland and Poland out of their minds and focus on the job at hand and has given no thought to his own potential milestone, equalling Gerd Muller's goals total, an achievement given some poignancy by the news that the German great is being treated for Alzheimer's.

"I've given it no thought at all. All I can do is wish Gerd Muller the best," he said.

"We've got to focus on what we're trying to do. We can't dictate what's happening in Glasgow. It's very important that we're focused on the job at hand," added Keane.

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