Tuesday 23 October 2018

Keane backs Burke to maintain upward momentum

Graham Burke. Photo: Sportsfile
Graham Burke. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland squad members Graham Burke and Shane Supple will lock horns at Dalymount Park tonight and then meet up tomorrow morning for the flight to Paris.

And Roy Keane has praised the physical conditioning of League of Ireland players which he claims is making it easier to turn to them.

Keane was impressed by how Burke carried himself around Sunday's Scott Brown testimonial at Celtic Park with the Shamrock Rovers striker not overawed by the occasion.

He knows Supple from their time together at Ipswich and he trained with the group yesterday before going to train with Bohemians.

Burke had trained with Rovers earlier in the day and will rejoin the Irish squad in the morning.

"Confidence is a huge thing for players," said Keane.

"And to be fair, whatever lads are getting in the league when they are coming in they're not looking out of place.

"The body language is good, they are stocky and strong. I don't want to be harsh on league of Ireland as I bet lads were fit years ago but they look like good pros (now).

"Credit to the players and clubs. I know sports science has changed and they're giving themselves more of a chance, although obviously a game is a different animal."

Irish Independent

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