Robbie Keane challenges new generation to ‘be a hero’ for Republic of Ireland

16 November 2019

Robbie Keane has challenged a new generation of Republic of Ireland stars to “be a hero” as they attempt to clinch Euro 2020 qualification.

Mick McCarthy’s assistant manager scored a record 68 goals in an illustrious 146 senior appearances for his country, and is still remembered in particular for his last-gasp equaliser in a famous 1-1 World Cup finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki in 2002.

On Monday evening, Ireland face Denmark at the Aviva Stadium knowing victory will send them to next summer’s finals, and Keane is well aware that any player who makes a decisive contribution will enter the pantheon of Irish footballing history.

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane (left) was mobbed by team-mates after his last-gasp equaliser against Germany (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

He told FAI TV: “Go and make a name for yourself because people will always remember it. You’ll get people in 20 years’ time who will say to you, ‘Remember that goal that you scored against Denmark?’.

“I still get it now, the Germany goal. People come up to you and say, ‘I was in school watching that when you scored that goal’, or ‘I was in this pub’ or ‘I was in my Granny’s house’.

“I get it all the time, and it’s always nice for people to come up to you and say that to you.

“These lads have an opportunity on Monday night against a top team, but go and be a hero.”

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