Monday 25 September 2017

I have six years still left in me, insists record breaker Keane

Robbie Keane has no intention of hanging up his boots any time soon
Robbie Keane has no intention of hanging up his boots any time soon
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

RECORD breaker Robbie Keane believes he can play on for another five or six years and says he will only retire from international football when he stops scoring goals.

RECORD breaker Robbie Keane believes he can play on for another five or six years and says he will only retire from international football when he stops scoring goals.

The Tallaght man becomes Ireland's most-capped player tonight when he makes his 126th appearance in the World Cup qualifier with Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium, moving one ahead of Shay Given in the process.

Keane, who turns 33 in July, believes that he is in good enough condition to prolong his career for another half a decade.

"As long as I have the hunger and desire, there's no reason for me not to keep on playing. I will retire when I stop scoring goals," said the Dubliner.

"People forget I am 32 years of age, it's not like I'm 34 or 36 or whatever. It's talked about because I have been around for so long," continued Keane, who made his Irish bow in a friendly with the Czech Republic in 1998. "I have certainly got no intentions at all (to retire) at this moment in time.

"I still have another five, six years left in me."

Irish Independent

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