Euro 2012: Robbie Keane delighted with spirit in Ireland camp

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane thrilled with atmosphere amongst Giovanni Trapattoni's men ahead of Euro 2012

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Robbie Keane has been thrilled with the atmosphere in the Ireland camp Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Robbie Keane believes the atmosphere in the Republic of Ireland camp is unrivalled as Giovanni Trapattoni’s men gear up for their first major tournament in a decade.

The Republic, who qualified for the finals courtesy of their play-off success over Estonia in November, can extend their unbeaten run under the Italian coach to 14 games if they avoid defeat against Hungary in Budapest on Monday night.

Ten years ago, skipper Roy Keane walked out of the Irish squad on the eve of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea following a bust-up with then manager Mick McCarthy.

But LA Galaxy forward Keane believes the harmony now present in the Irish camp has put them in high spirits ahead of their Group C opener against Croatia on 10 June.

“The group of players, how well the players get on with each other has been brilliant,” said Keane ahead of the Republic’s final warm-up game against Hungary on Monday.

“It certainly does feel different. There has always been a great team spirit in the Irish camp, but for some reason this has been a little bit different.

“There have been no little niggles, which you usually get in tournaments like this when you are together for a long time.

“Obviously 10 years ago there were a couple, but so far it’s been good.”

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