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Euro 2012 diary: Keane keeping tabs on Rovers' Europa exploits

Published 02/09/2011 | 05:00

Robbie Keane will be enjoying the MLS off-season in December, so he could well be in Ireland when Shamrock Rovers take on his former club Spurs in the Europa League. He intends to pop along and watch.

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Keane is aware of the stir that the League of Ireland champions have caused in his native Tallaght.

They weren't around when he was growing up, but family have let him know what has been going on.

"I've been getting updates all the time," he said. "It can only be good for Irish football. It needs something like this to help the league progress and let people see from afar that it's a good league.

"I'm sure it will be a great occasion playing against a top top team and, if I'm home, I would definitely go to it."

Keane, who praised his former team-mate and new Hoops signing Rohan Ricketts, was diplomatic enough when asked about who he'd be cheering for.

"A tough one," he smiled. "Obviously, you'd like to see Rovers progress to help Irish football in general."

Duffy left looking a twit after row with friend

Twitter is a dangerous place, as Everton defender Shane Duffy learned yesterday.

Duffy, who has joined Scunthorpe on a month's loan, made the mistake of having an argument with a friend who knew a lot about his personal life.

All this happened while he was on U-21 duty with Ireland.

So, the Derry lad, a high-profile defection from Northern Ireland to the Republic, vainly tried to deflect attention away from said pal, who gleefully revealed that the teenager was earning £2,900 a week -- and boasting about the fact.

A pretty unfortunate spat followed which Duffy could have done without.

An incident which demonstrates why footballers have to be careful about who they trust.

Number of the Day

89 Damien Duff will reach this cap milestone tonight. The Fulham winger would have reached 100 by now were it not for injury and, if he stays fit, he has a strong chance of joining Shay Given, Robbie Keane, Kevin Kilbane and Steve Staunton in the centurions' club.

Quote of the Day

"It's not really too good living in LA..." -- Robbie Keane smilingly hints at his new quality of life. Of course, he only moved for the football.

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