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Sunday 22 October 2017

Roy Keane: Players have to step up to the big stage

Ireland No 2 expects his players from Premier League to take the fight to Poland in crunch clash

25 March 2015; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a mixed zone. Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
25 March 2015; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a mixed zone. Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

ROY Keane has called on Ireland's Premier League men to take a step up and grab Sunday's Euro 2016 tussle with Poland by the scruff of the neck.

Asked whether players like Shane Long, James McCarthy and Séamus Coleman need to become squad leaders, Keane threw down his challenge

"There are players in the squad you'd be looking at and thinking 'you need to perform, you need to step up' and hopefully they'll do that," said Keane.

"It's as good a time as any. For a start the atmosphere will be a fantastic, it's a sell-out. Poland are coming here a very strong team. They'll have a massive support behind them."

"We've had the disappointment of the last result so you look at the players and say 'it's time to step up now and show what you're about'," added Ireland's No 2.

"We might need one player to lash one in from 30 yards as well. I think there might be one or two lads, whether it be a Robbie Brady free or Robbie Keane.

"We keep saying that we rely on Robbie to score goals but it's time for other players to step up."

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