Keane: We never get an easy ride


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Robbie Keane believes that the Republic of Ireland face a tough challenge in qualifying for the World Cup finals.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker will lead his country into a two-legged play-off for a place in South Africa next summer.

Asked who he would want, he replied: “I don’t know. Which teams are in it – France, Portugal?

“There are tough teams in there and I am sure we will get one of the toughest teams, there’s no question about that.

“We never get an easy ride, do we? No matter what, it is going to be tough.

“We will see who we get. France, Portugal, Ukraine or whoever, it’s going to be tough.

“They all have quality players in their team. No matter who we get, it is going to be difficult – but we always make it difficult for ourselves.”

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  1. Really hope they dig and qualify (ideally at Portugal’s expense!), they’ve been missing from the global scene too long, and Robbie deserves another shot at biggest stage.


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