Monday 14 October 2019

Robbie Keane to play against England after negotiations with LA Galaxy

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane

Cormac Byrne

Robbie Keane will be available to lead out the Republic of Ireland against England at Wembley next week after negotiations with LA Galaxy.

The 32-year-old striker was ruled out of the friendly clashes with Roy Hodgson's men at Wembley next Wednesday evening and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the following Sunday after the MLS club initially declined to release him for the fixtures, which fall outside the FIFA international window.

However, after further discussions, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that Keane will now be able to meet up with his team-mates in London.

Keane said: "I would like to thank LA Galaxy for reconsidering their decision, after further conversations between us, which really means a lot to me.

"We have reached an agreement that will enable me to make it to the games and I look forward to playing my part."

The two games will be used by manager Giovanni Trapattoni to finalise his preparations for the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on June 7, which is followed by a trip to New York for a friendly against World and European champions Spain.

Keane is Ireland's most-capped outfield player, having amassed 123 caps and is the nation's record international goalscorer with 54.

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