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Tuesday 12 December 2017

I can be link man - Robbie

ROBBIE KEANE says he can adapt his game to suit Ireland's needs and do whatever his manager decides to do with Ireland's captain.

Keane has played as part of a two-man attack for the vast majority of his 14-year international career, with partners like Damien Duff, Clinton Morrison, Niall Quinn, Kevin Doyle and, more recently, Jon Walters.

Ireland's game-plan tonight could see Keane drop deep and play as a link-man between midfield and attack, with Walters possibly employed as the main striker, and that's fine with Keane.

He said: "The manager manages the side, if the manager was to decide that he'd have to do that..."

"I can play in two roles as a midfielder just in front of Keith (Andrews) and Glenn (Whelan), or play as a lone striker and get in behind the two defenders. We'll have a look at training, see how every player is and the manager will decide then.

"We've had a chat and will speak again after training and see the situation of certain players, if that is the situation and I do play as a lone striker it's something I have done plenty of times before," Keane added at last night's pre-match press conference.

"It's different from what I am used to, but I enjoy it also. You have to play on the shoulder, try and get in behind defenders. If the manager does decide to do that I'll be happy to do it for the team."

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