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Keane targets Wembley goal

ROBBIE KEANE has called on supporters to make tonight's Wembley friendly with England a football occasion to remember so it can happen on a regular basis.

ROBBIE KEANE has called on supporters to make tonight's Wembley friendly with England a football occasion to remember so it can happen on a regular basis.

The Ireland captain was in the crowd in Lansdowne Road in 1995 when the last meeting of the nations was ruined by hooliganism from travelling supporters, and feels this is a long overdue chance to make it a regular fixture in the calendar.

"It's been too long coming," said the 32-year-old, who received special dispensation from LA Galaxy to be involved in this game. "It is a chance to put everything to bed that happened a long time ago.

"We don't want a repeat and I don't see any problems. Believe it or not, I think the countries do get on well now.

"Hopefully, we'll be speaking afterwards about what a good game this was and not all the nonsense that happened before. Then, we can have more of these matches, and make it a rivalry for a good few years to come."

A crowd of 80,000 is being predicted for the game, with 10,000 tickets officially sold to Irish supporters, although it is anticipated that the numbers supporting Giovanni Trapattoni's team will be far greater.

The authorities are recommending that any Irish fans who end up in an English section do not display their colours, but there is a general confidence amongst the two associations that the event will pass by without incident.

Irish Independent