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Thursday 23 November 2017

John Aldridge: Robbie Keane experiencing the slow death that is football retirement

Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard training for LA Galaxy
Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard training for LA Galaxy

John Aldridge

THE FINAL few years of a football career are like a slow death, counting down to the inevitable end of a dream that has been the most significant part of your life.

As Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard make their debuts with their new MLS clubs in today, I get the feeling that their presence in America is merely a bid to delay the looming prospect of retirement, which is devastating to deal with for every player.

Robbie Keane is experiencing something similar as he edges towards the end of his remarkable journey with the Ireland team and spends his final years on the field in MLS...

Read John Aldridge's full column in this weekend's Sunday World

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