Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has jokingly mocked the idea of Robbie Keane missing Thursday’s clash with Germany.
The 35-year-old was not due to arrive in Dublin until Tuesday evening after the birth of his second son, but his namesake wasn’t expecting him to miss the game based on his comments below.
Ireland’s record goalscorer was part of the famous 1-1 draw with the world champions in Germany last year, and another positive result this week would undoubtedly give them a huge boost in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016.
However, with a meeting with Poland in Warsaw also ahead on Sunday evening, it will be a difficult task for the Irish to make up the ground on their group rivals, but Keane’s presence in the side will certainly be a welcome boost.
Nevertheless, the focus will be on Germany for the time being, as Martin O’Neill’s men look to deny them a sixth successive victory in qualifying as Joachim Low’s side continue to overcome their slow start.