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Friday 15 December 2017

Big-hearted Robbie says he has no plans to hang up his boots

Robbie Keane is pictured with five-year-old Aidan Doyle from Newtownmountkennedy
Robbie Keane is pictured with five-year-old Aidan Doyle from Newtownmountkennedy

Robbie Keane has revealed that his son is just like him when it comes to soccer skills.

The Irish soccer legend (34) told the Herald that he has high hopes for Robert Jnr's future in sport.

"He plays alright, he's a leftie. He's going to be starting on a team in a few weeks when we head back.

"He's only five years of age so we don't know if he's the next big thing, but he's certainly got potential so far," Robbie said.

He also assured fans that he has no plans to hang up his own boots just yet.

reality

"If I feel the way I feel now, of course I want to play as long as I can," he said.

"There's a few players that certainly regret that they stopped early when they definitely could have carried on for a few more years.

"The reality is, when you're finished, you're finished for a long time. I still have that buzz when I put the jersey on - whether it's the Irish jersey or the Galaxy jersey," he added.

Robbie met patients at Crumlin Children's Hospital yesterday and handed over a $50,000 (€44,000) cheque as part of the launch of the hosptial's 'Give It Up' fundraising campaign.

"It's terrific to come here today and make this donation with my teammates on behalf of the LA Galaxy Foundation," he said.

Later in the day Robbie and other LA Galaxy players visited Aras an Uachatarain where they met President Michael D Higgins and presented him with an LA Galaxy shirt.

For more information on Crumlin Children's Hospital's 'Give It Up' Campaign visit www.giveitup.ie.

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