Robbie Keane happy memories of 1995 England encounter are finally buried
Robbie Keane is delighted to have the chance to line up against England
Robbie Keane lines up for the Republic of Ireland against England claiming the two teams should have long ago banished sorry memories of their last meeting.
The two countries have not played since February 1995 when rioting England fans forced the game at Lansdowne Road to be abandoned with the Republic leading 1-0.
A 14-year-old Keane was in the crowd and understandably does not have fond recollections of the occasion.
He said: ‘I was a kid in the stand and I didn’t think at this stage we would have a chance to play England.
‘This is probably a bit long coming. To be totally honest with you, it should have happened a good few years ago, but for whatever reason it didn’t. They should have tried to put to bed what happened a long time ago.’
Keane insists the Republic will only be able to compete on the big stage if they learn how to deal with the best teams in the world.
The 32-year-old LA Galaxy striker added: ‘It’s a good test for us. It’s important for us to pit our wits against top ten teams in the world to see where we are.’