Tuesday 21 November 2017

Robbie Keane selected in Ireland squad to face Oman for potential international farewell

Robbie Keane is the Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer
Robbie Keane is the Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has included Robbie Keane in his squad for next week’s friendly against Oman at the Aviva Stadium which is likely to be the striker’s international swansong.

Keane, 36, has scored a record 67 goals for Ireland and won the last of his 145 caps to date as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat to Belgium at the recent European Championships.

Lining out against Oman should provide the LA Galaxy attacker ample opportunity to add to his unprecedented tally. It is expected that the Tallaght man will make an official announcement regarding his international future this week.

Shay Given has already hung up his boots, for a second time, though veteran John O'Shea has opted to stay on for the campaign to come, and has also been selected despite suffering a groin injury playing for Sunderland against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Ireland travel to Serbia a week from Monday for their first World Cup qualification fixture and the group O'Neill has selected will be culled at the weekend as the Boys in Green look to get their tilt for Russia in 2018 off to a flier in Belgrade.

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