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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dublin trip suits home bird Robbie Keane

Robbie planning for new season

Robbie Keane (r) shake hands with Keith Fahey
Robbie Keane (r) shake hands with Keith Fahey

ROBBIE Keane has already turned his mind towards the star of the new MLS season after a LA Galaxy's tour of Europe finished off with a win in his native Dublin.

Keane and his Galaxy team-mates have been in Europe for over a week now, with a training camp in Malahide and a friendly in Sweden, but Saturday's game against Shamrock Rovers in his native Tallaght, a 1-0 win for Galaxy, was a real home-coming for Keane.

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Keane failed to sparkle on a difficult pitch but the Ireland captain was still pleased with the week's work.

"It's been a good week for us, and you're playing a game at the end of it which is why we were here, to get fitness and make sure we are ready for the start of the new season, it was a good test for us," said Keane, who was warmly welcomed back to Dublin by a large Tallaght crowd.

"It worked out well, what we achieved in terms of training in the eight days we were over here. And there was the exposure that Galaxy got since we came to Ireland, it's been very good.

But we can't forget why we were here, to play football, it was good to win and it was a good trip for us," added Keane.

There were familair faces in the home side as his former Ireland team-mates Stephen McPhail and Keith Fahey featured, Fahey from the start and McPhail as a half-time sub.

"We dominated the majority of the game, the pitch wasn't in the best of conditions but it was a good runout and it's always nice to get minutes under your belt to get you ready for the start of the new season," said Keane, who will lead Galaxy into the defence of their MLS title next month.

"It was tough conditions, the pitch wasn't great. We like to play and we still tried to get it down and pass it.

"The first half was windy and with a lot of balls over the top you thought you were in a couple of times but the ball just took off.

"But the result doesn't really matter. It's about getting the minutes under your belt and getting yourself fit.

"The more games you play and the more fitness you get is always good.

"That's why I wanted to get at least 80 minutes, and then come 6 March I'll have another four or five games under my belt. So I'll certainly be ready."

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