Sunday 11 December 2016

Robbie Keane: ‘I only had two hours with the new baby before leaving for Dublin’

Tom Rooney

Published 07/10/2015 | 14:53

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Robbie Keane could only spend a couple of hours with his wife and new born son before leaving their to side to report for Republic of Ireland duty ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers with Germany and Poland.

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Keane’s wife Claudine gave birth to their second son in Los Angeles on Monday evening, but the LA Galaxy striker only had a brief time with them before heading for Dublin.

The 35-year-old trained with the Irish squad this morning in Abbotstown, and admitted that his better half was less than pleased with his early departure.

“As you can imagine, it’s obviously been fairly hectic. I played on Sunday then left early Monday morning, and obviously my wife had a baby at 7’clock on Monday evening and I left the hospital at 9 0’clock; two hours in the hospital, so you can imagine how that went down," he said.

“But she understands. It’s been a hectic two days, but very joyful to have a new baby in our family. Now I’m here with the Irish team and I’m fully focused.”

When asked about the already infamous breastfeeding comments Roy Keane made yesterday, Ireland’s record goal-scorer had a retort his assistant manager would be proud of, much to amusement of all in attendance.

“He’s used of it, because he’s got bigger tits than me," he added

Jokes aside, the Tallaght man was all business and cut a defiant figure when the subject of Ireland’s mammoth task against the world champions at the Aviva Stadium was eventually broached.

“We’re here to play against Germany and we’re focused on that. If we’re having a conversation (he and Roy Keane) then that’s what it’s about. I’m always ready to go; I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t.”

He also claimed that little heed would be paid to events in Hampden Park, where Scotland will entertain Poland at the same time Ireland and Germany are settling their business. Of course, if the Poles overcome Gordon Strachan’s side then Ireland qualify for the playoffs at least, but Keane was adamant that is of no consequence at present.

“We’ve got to focus on what we’re trying to do, and can’t dictate what’s going to happen in Glasgow; we just have to focus on us. I’m sure the crowd will be on their phones and checking the results, but it’s very important that we’re focused on the job at hand,” he said.

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