Monday 19 February 2018

Question nobody asked: Robbie v the squad -- who scores more?

After missing a penalty and a couple of good chances against Slovakia, calls have increased for Robbie Keane to be dropped from the Ireland team, particularly given his lack of starting opportunities for Tottenham.

While many point to his current form being far more relevant than anything he has done in the past, the volume of his goals for Ireland would almost certainly leave Trap's men struggling to find the net without him. In his 104 caps, Keane has found the net 45 times, putting him five short of a landmark that no player from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland has managed -- 50 international goals.

Excluding the goalkeepers and Keane, there were 17 Ireland players involved in the games against Russia and Slovakia (the starting XI plus subs and subs not used), with 449 caps and 38 goals between them.

That tally leaves the combined squad seven behind Keane, with Kevin Doyle (nine from 38 caps) and Kevin Kilbane (eight from 108) his closest challengers. Had Damien Duff been involved, his seven goals from 84 games would have brought the squad level but, for now, Keane alone remains out in front of the rest of the squad combined.

Irish Independent

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