Keane issues rallying cry

10 September 2013 09:31

Robbie Keane has called for a united front as the Republic of Ireland attempt to salvage their World Cup dream.

Anything other than victory over Austria at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night will effectively end Ireland's hopes of rescuing a Group C campaign which was dealt a major blow by Sweden's 2-1 victory in Dublin on Friday.

That reverse piled the pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni amid speculation that he could be relieved of his duties within weeks once the final die is cast.

But asked if the players needed to show their support for the 74-year-old by producing a rousing display, Keane said: "It's for everybody, it's for us as a country to be proud to wear that green jersey.

"Whether that's doing it for the manager or doing it for the country or doing it for yourselves, it doesn't really matter.

"As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, as long as we are going to go out on to that field and give 110 per cent - you always do that for the manager and you always do it for the players around you.

"We are all in this together. We started together, so we will certainly finish together.

"Everyone is behind everybody, and hopefully tomorrow we can show that by giving 110 per cent on the field."

Trapattoni has insisted the debate over his future has not proved a distraction in the run-up to a key encounter, and Keane is equally adamant that the players cannot allow it to affect them either.

He said: "Whatever happens beyond these few games, that's out of our hands and the players' hands.

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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