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Robbie Keane’s wife, Claudine, and son, Robert Jnr Picture: Sportsfile

Robbie Keane’s wife, Claudine, and son, Robert Jnr Picture: Sportsfile

Robbie Keane’s wife, Claudine, and son, Robert Jnr Picture: Sportsfile

Robbie Keane's sons will be the Irish mascots when he lines out for Ireland for the last time.

Robert Jnr (7) and 11-month-old Hudson will lead the team out for their friendly against Oman in the Aviva tonight.

It will be baby Hudson's first Ireland game, just as his dad hangs up his boots.

Robbie's wife, Claudia, said it will be an "extremely emotional" night.

"Robert is so proud of his dad and Hudson will be the mascot for his first and his dad's last game, so it's special for many reasons," she said.

"I know Robbie is trying to take it all in and savour every moment."

Claudine said that singing the national anthem will be a way of thanking the Irish fans who have supported her husband throughout his international career.

Meanwhile, Crumlin United will also play tribute to their most famous "old boy", whose hugely successful football career helped the club build its facilities.

United players, volunteers and members will walk from the club's grounds in Windmill Park to Lansdowne Road today in honour of one of Ireland's greatest ever footballers.

Robbie played for Crumlin United as a youngster, and club secretary Martin Loughran told the Herald how they had received £30,000 (€35,263 at today's rate) when he transferred from Leeds to Spurs.

The club also received £5,000 (€5,877) when he broke into the first team at Wolves.

"It was a lot of money at the time, so it really helped the club," said Mr Loughran.

Ambassador

Through various stipulations inserted into the agreement between Crumlin and Wolves, the club made some money from Robbie's success.

For members, though, the most important thing has been the Tallaght star's successful career for his clubs and country.

"He's been a great ambassador for the country over the years and especially for Crumlin," said Mr Loughran.

On the northside, Robbie's favourite pub, Gibney's in Malahide, is expecting him over the coming days.

"He knows he's always welcome," said owner Tony Gibney.


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