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Thursday 14 December 2017

robbie is last man standing

Euro 2016 could be fitting finale to Keane's long career

ROBBIE Keane could be the last member of Brian Kerr and Mick McCarthy's golden generation still living the dream by the time the summer rolls around.

With Damien Duff's season in Australia halted by a ruptured calf muscle and Richard Dunne already ruled out of QPR's relegation battle by knee ligament damage, the moment when they hang up their well-worn boots cannot be far away.

Keane, still hungry and committed, is targeting a Euro 2016 career finale and he urged his old comrades to keep fighting.

"I haven't spoken to them. It's been texts back and forward with Richie and I'll definitely give Duffer a call in the next day or so," said Keane at the presentation of a $50,000 cheque from LA Galaxy to the Crumlin Children's Hospital in advance of Saturday's friendly against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

"He's been doing great over there. If they are clever, they will give him another year. He's a fit lad and he will get himself back. I don't know whether he wants to carry on or not.

"With Duffer and Richie, they've had long-term injuries over their career. Whether that's going to take a toll on them or whether they want to keep going or not, I'm not really too sure.

"But if they get themselves fit, I'm sure there will be clubs queuing at the door for them, because they are two quality players."

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