Sunday 26 February 2017

Keane: As long as we're not in Saipan, we're okay

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Roy Keane: 'We hung in there with disappointments along the way, including Scotland. Players showed great fighting spirit'
Roy Keane: 'We hung in there with disappointments along the way, including Scotland. Players showed great fighting spirit'

Roy Keane hailed the Irish squad after they qualified for Euro 2016 and insisted the players will do the country proud next summer in France.

"We hung in there with disappointments along the way, including Scotland. Players showed great fighting spirit," said the Ireland assistant manager.

"We're always looking for a bit more quality and retaining the ball a little better, but I suppose that's the history of Irish football.

"We've always found that difficult, but the fight and determination we showed out there tonight under lots of pressure. We hung in and credit to the players, they did the country proud.

"Without desire and hunger you are going to come up short. At least we have that. There's parts of the game we'd like a bit more quality, but the players deserve massive credit."

Keane said the players won't be getting carried away and even referenced his own early departure from the World Cup squad in 2002.

"We've been down this road before. As long as we're not in Saipan we're okay," he joked when asked about a preferred base.

"We'll cross that bridge. Tonight is just about the players, to enjoy it. We'll reflect on it over the next few days.

"We obviously don't want to go over there just to make up the numbers. We'll go over there to do the country proud."

Irish Independent

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