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"That's not my call at all" - Robbie Keane on 2014 Irish captaincy

Published 15/12/2013 | 09:46

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane

Footballer Robbie Keane has revealed he has been left in the dark about whether or not he will be named as Irish captain in 2014.

Keane (33), who is home in Ireland this Christmas recovering from an Achilles heel injury, said he has no influence over whether or not he will be asked to resume his captaincy roles next year.

"That's something you have to ask the manager, it's like asking me who's going to play in the next game," he told Now That's What I Call Sport with Johnny Lyons on 98FM.

"It's not my call at all. I'll just carry on as I have been

"If called upon, I'll try to score as many goals as I can - that's something I'll continue to do, as I have for the last 14 years."

The father-of-one, who is married to model Claudine Keane, recently revealed he won't retire from Irish football 'until his legs go', but is planning on coaching as the next stage of his career.

"That's something I'm looking at the moment," he explained. "I'm trying to find a way to fit the coaching badges in, we're still talking about that and hopefully in January or June, we might be able to do something. It's a road certainly to go down.

"What else am I going to do? I don't want to sit at home every day when I finish. I enjoy being on the field, with the lads and having the banter.Coaching is something  I want to get into anyway, it's a road I want to go down.

"I'm not too sure sure whether it's a good idea or not though after watching the managers on the sidelines. Their heart rates are through the roof!"

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