Price:£ 0.00

Roy Keane has insisted Robbie Keane still has a significant role to play for your Republic of Ireland despite being dropped in my ballet shoes in 13 years. The 34-year-old LA Galaxy striker headed returning to the usa on Saturday after developing in the squad per day after being utilized only as an alternative in Ireland's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier defeat in Scotland.

It had been once the Dubliner, who will begin preparations for next Sunday's MLS play-offs showdown with Seattle Sounders on his return, has been neglected with the team for a competitive match when fit since a clash with Estonia in 2001. However, assistant manager Keane, a former Ireland team-mate, was adamant that this nation's record cap-holder and goalscorer remains a vital member of Martin O'Neill's squad. He explained: "Robbie Keane is massive for this team, absolutely massive.

"Everyone keeps saying he was disappointed - obviously he was. Tell me any player who's going to get neglected of a big game that is not really disappointed. That is what you expect from Robbie. But Robbie is brilliant for that group and brilliant for the team. He's a top, top player, he's been executing it for a long time and hopefully he's going to score goals for period of time.

"And you just select a team for any certain game, and how Robbie reacted towards disappointment to your workout yesterday was fantastic, absolutely different class. Robbie Keane can be as good a professional as I came across anf the husband are going to be disappointed, of course. But there are additional players who have been omitted."

The frontman, who took his tally for his country to 65 goals that has a hat-trick against Gibraltar last month, had only 12 minutes during which to make an impression as he won his 138th cap at Celtic Park, with his fantastic frustration was clear afterwards. He told reporters he required to play during an attacking partnership and that he wasn't suitable for a lone striking role, admitting he was "no Niall Quinn", the towering striker whose previous Irish record of 21 goals he passed ten years ago.

— Friday, November 21, 2014