Faroe Islands v Ireland: We have to stick together, says Robbie Keane
Faroe Islands v Ireland: Robbie Keane urges Giovanni Trapattoni's squad to "stick together" ahead of Tuesday's qualifier
Robbie Keane has urged the Republic of Ireland squad to “stick together” ahead of their pivotal World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.
Giovanni Trapattoni is under pressure to deliver a vital three points after the Irish suffered an emphatic 6-1 defeat by Group C leaders Germany at the Aviva Stadium on Friday.
The 73-year-old’s position is under threat after a disastrous Euro 2012 campaign and sluggish start to their qualifying campaign, and dressing room morale appears to be low, with defender Stephen Kelly clashing with Trapattoni’s assistant Marco Tardelli in training.
Ireland captain Keane will return to the starting line-up after missing the Germany clash due to an Achilles injury, and the LA Galaxy striker wants to see the squad show strength and unity in Torshavn.
“People are always going to speculate and have their own views on things, and that’s the life we live in now with all the social media stuff,” said Keane.
“People are always going to speculate and ask questions. They have the right to do that.
“You get booed and they pay good money to see us play. It was not good enough on Friday and we certainly accept that. People have got their own views.
“At the end of the day, he [Trapattoni] is here and we are all here and we have to stick together.
“It’s OK people on the outside asking us questions, that’s no problem. When we are in the hotel together and playing together, we have to stick together. It’s as simple as that.”