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Sunday 17 December 2017

Keane: We have belief now to get away result

ROBBIE Keane (pictured) believes that last night's draw away to world champions Germany shows that the Republic side under Martin O'Neill have cast aside the dark days and have their belief back.

Ireland are today joint top of the Euro 2016 qualifying group after a haul of seven points from the first three games and the mood is buoyant ahead of the next big test, where Irish figures like Robbie Keane, Roy Keane, Martin O'Neill and Aiden McGeady return to Celtic Park for the November clash with Scotland.

"I think we have that spirit in the squad now. I wouldn't say it was gone before but we lost a bit of belief, but since this new campaign started there is a belief in the squad that we are capable of going anywhere and taking something out of the game," says Keane.

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"In the dressing room it feels like a win, when you score in the last second of the game and full credit to every player. It was a tough game against a side who, possession-wise, are always going to be better than you, they keep the ball a lot more.

"But one thing I have to say about our players is that they worked their socks off last night and showed a real fighting spirit until the end, and we got our rewards at the end.

"It was a bit like Ibaraki in 2002, it felt like that at the end, even though I wasn't on the field when John scored it was a great feeling and for John himself to get 100 caps and score the goal in the last second of the game, that's what dreams are made of."

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