Tuesday 12 December 2017

Robbie Keane wants Chicago Fire striker Mike Magee to join Martin O'Neill revolution

Cameron Macphail

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane is keen for Chicago Fire striker Mike Magee to join him in Martin O’Neill’s national squad.

The former LA Galaxy striker has linked with a call-up to Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA squad ahead of next year's World Cup finals having played for his country at under-17 and under-20 level, but Keane is keen for the 29-year-old MLS star to wear the green shirt instead.

Chicago missed out on the MLS play-offs on goal difference, but Magee was prolific throughout the regular season with 21 goals and 4 assists.

Keane, who is recuperating from recent Achilles surgery in Dublin over Christmas, said, “His whole family is Irish. His grandfather or father.

"I’d say he would play for us. He definitely would like to but he’s probably waiting for that American call-up. He’s not an international. How he hasn’t got it I don’t know.

“If Martin O’Neill asked me about him, I certainly would tell him about him but I’m sure Roy Keane and people like that would be fully aware of all the players available to them.”

“Every f***** day I get asked. They all think they’re Irish over there but I don’t go around asking ‘Are you Irish, do you want a game?’”

Magee, like Keane, is a finalist for the 2014 MLS Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced on Dec 5th.

Colorado Rapids midfielder Shane O’Neill and New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara are also qualified for Ireland.

Keane was in Dublin today to launch the Xbox One.

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