Tuesday 16 January 2018

James Lawton: Roy of the Rages restores his patriot status with World Cup words of regret

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and team captain Roy Keane pictured training in Saipan in 2002
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and team captain Roy Keane pictured training in Saipan in 2002
James Lawton

James Lawton

The late French songbird Edith Piaf lost a soulmate this week in Ireland's most turbulent sportsman Roy Keane -- at least in the resolve never to utter a single regret.

Keane, so often the ferociously opinionated Cork man, still cannot be said to have too few to mention -- regrets, this is -- but he has finally owned up to the one that lingers most oppressively at the age of 42.

"I regret nothing," sang the Little Sparrow so hauntingly, but now we know that Keane, for all his apparently implacable self-belief, can never again make a similar claim after admitting to a TV audience that there is a time and a place he would dearly like to re-visit.

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