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End not in sight for Keane

06 Jun 2013 18:17:36

End not in sight for Keane

Robbie Keane will win a record 126th Republic of Ireland cap on Friday night confident he still has another five or six years in his legs.

The 32-year-old striker will add the title of his country's most-capped player to that of its record goalscorer when he passes the 125-mark he shared with Shay Given for less than a week in the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. However, he has no intention of resting on his laurels as he contemplates several more seasons at the coalface.

Keane said: "I'm certainly enjoying it because you have to enjoy it. I love doing it, I love training every day."

He went on: "When you get older, your desire and your hunger are even more so because even though I don't I am feel coming to end - because I am not, I still have another at least have five, six years left in me - you know you are not that young lad anymore where you are not too worried about future because you feel like you can go on forever.

"I am certainly enjoying my football, there's not question about that, but I always have. I am very privileged, there's no question about that. I get paid to do something that I absolutely love doing. It's not that bad, is it?

"People forget I am 32 years of age, is not like I'm 34, 36 or whatever. People are talking about (keeper David) Forde being in the squad and he's a newcomer, but he's 33 years of age. I am a year older than Wes Hoolahan and he's a newcomer; John O'Shea is the same age as me.

"People talk about it because I have been around for so long. For me, I have certainly got no intentions at all (of retiring) at this moment in time. As long as I have the hunger and desire, there's no reason for me not to. I will retire when I stop scoring goals."

For all Friday night will be a proud occasion for Keane and his family - his four-year-old son Robert will be mascot - he is focussing only on the quest for three precious points.

He said: "It's something that maybe in 10 years' time, I will look back on and be very, very proud of. But when you are still part of the squad and you are still training and you are still looking forward to the game, it's something you don't really think about too much because you are focussing so much on the game.

"It's a big occasion for myself, but I think more so for the family. They are the ones who are speaking about it all the time and very, very excited about it whereas for me, the most important thing is playing the game and getting a result for the team."


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