Roy Keane refuses to wear 'We're Going To France' commemorative T-shirt during celebrations
Published 17/11/2015 | 12:23
Ireland may just have sealed a place at just their third ever European Championships but the man who tried to make Roy Keane wear a T-shirt celebrating the fact really should have known better.
Players may have been happy to wear garments proclaiming 'Bring on France 2016' but their assistant manager was having none of it.
This was his reaction to having a T-shirt thrust in his face as Ireland set off on their lap of honour at the Aviva Stadium.
In fairness to Keane - whose resolute refusal to indulge in the merest hint of playfulness was essentially his defining characteristic as a player and manager - he did manage to crack a smile at the final whistle when he shared an actually quite touching moment with Martin O'Neill.
Last night 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."
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