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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane during squad training ahead of the qualifier match against Sweden on Friday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training at Gannon Park, Malahide. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile.

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane during squad training ahead of the qualifier match against Sweden on Friday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training at Gannon Park, Malahide. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile.

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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane during squad training ahead of the qualifier match against Sweden on Friday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training at Gannon Park, Malahide. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile.

ROBBIE Keane has no intention of quitting international footballer and hopes to be around "for a very long time".

The Ireland skipper has been managing a torn shoulder muscle and an Achilles problem for some time and was told to rest by LA Galaxy medics rather than pay another flying visit to the Premier League, as he did last season.

"I couldn't have gone on with too many injuries. The Achilles and shoulder injuries were acting up. I'll need an operation eventually for a torn shoulder. It's not affecting me when I'm playing so unless something dramatic happens, I'll be fine," said Keane.

"I want to play as long as I can. I look today and I see someone like Michael Owen retiring from football, and the two of us came through at the same time.

"I dread the day I have to finish playing because this is my life. But I can't see that happening for a very long time.

"People said going to LA Galaxy that my international career is probably over. But as long as I keep playing well, stay injury free, there's no problem. I'd still like to think that I would keep getting picked for my country."

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