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Keane set to roar

GIOVANNI Trapattoni will look to Robbie Keane to shake off his deadline day blues and set the tone in sweltering Yerevan for the rest of the Euro 2012 campaign by delivering a captain's performance against Armenia.

After a week of intense speculation passed without any movement, Trapattoni believes that Keane is ready to lead from the front and give a command performance.

"Yes, he is proud and I'm sure he can play like we know he can play. I am sure of this," said Trapattoni.

"Robbie is mature. He is balanced in his mind about football because he knows the game from many years in England.

"Of course, I am selfish at the moment for the Ireland team and for me and Ireland it would be better if he plays games.

"But at the moment, I'm not concerned about his condition for 90 minutes because he can play 90 minutes in his head also."

Ireland's final training session before Euro 2012 lift-off takes place in the evening close to tomorrow's kick-off time so that Trapattoni and his players can assess the potential impact of sweltering heat and humidity.

But all eyes will be on Richard Dunne to see if his ongoing problems with a back inury have eased enough to let him play and indeed, on Paul Green who looks like a certain starter.

"I have options at the moment but I would say that Paul Green is a 60% chance to play," said Trapattoni.

However, the less than happy demeanour displayed by Darron Gibson after training yesterday suggests that the Irish boss has made up his mind about who will partner Glenn Whelan in midfield.

Republic of Ireland (probable):

Given; Kilbane, St Ledger, Dunne, O'Shea; McGeady, Whelan, Green, Lawrence; Keane, Doyle.


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