Ireland will be an attacking threat at Euro 2012, insists Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane says Republic of Ireland have better attacking options for Euro 2012 than they had for the World Cup in 2002

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
giovanni trapattoni
Trapattoni has better attacking options than McCarthy did in 2002, says Keane Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

giovanni trapattoni

Robbie Keane believes Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has better attacking options at his disposal for Euro 2012 than Mick McCarthy had at the World Cup in 2002.

The 31-year-old will be play in his second international tournament after appearing in each of Ireland’s games in South Korea and Japan almost ten years ago.

The Ireland captain scored three goals in four appearances en route to a last-16 defeat by Spain, while McCarthy also brought David Connolly, Damien Duff, Clinton Morrison and Niall Quinn to Asia.

But Keane, who is the country’s record goal scorer with 53 strikes, believes Ireland boss Trapattoni has a plethora of attacking talent to choose from for the European championship in June.

“It’s a lot stronger than we had, probably, back then, and that’s no disrespect to the lads back then.

“Quinny was kind of at the end and he knew he was going to be a bit-part player, but all these strikers now want to play in every game, so certainly, I think the standard is a lot better.

“Everybody, not just the strikers, is desperate to play in that first game, so the intensity and the level of performance is naturally going to go up because every player wants to be picked by the manager.

“Certainly as strikers, the lads at club level have been doing very, very well, so whoever the manager picks out of the five of us, we just have to make the most of it and make sure that we stake our claim and stay in the team.”

Keane will lead Ireland out against Bosnia-Herzegovina for their friendly on Saturday, and he is relishing the pressure of captaining Trapattoni’s side at their first international tournament in a decade.

“My job is to do that. As captain, you can’t carry the whole team, so first and foremost, you have to make sure that as a player, you are doing the best you can to help the team, so I will be certainly doing that,” he added.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

OUR PICK: Discover the top 5 best fat burner supplements

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive
The Sport Review
Paul Annacone talks Federer, Sampras, Murray and more as he launches Coaching for Life
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard sends message to Arsenal supporters about Alexandre Lacazette
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho told Man United need two more ‘quality’ signings
The Sport Review
Jurgen Klopp gives latest update on Philippe Coutinho for Liverpool fans