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Keane set to break Ireland record

Robbie Keane will earn a record breaking 126th cap for the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Dublin on Friday night.

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The LA Galaxy striker has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni's starting line-up for the Group C clash at the Aviva Stadium, ensuring he will break Shay Given's previous appearance record in Irish colours.

Keane made his international debut against the Czech Republic back in March 1998 and has scored a record breaking 56 international goals, nearly double the total collected by any of his compatriots down the years.

"Robbie was destined," proclaimed Trapattoni. "He started to play as an 18-year-old and was one of the youngest creative players in Ireland. He has played in famous teams in Italy and Tottenham in England, and he continues to show us his creative quality.

"There are players who feel goals, and Robbie is one of these players. He has shown us he is not finished because also in Los Angeles, every week he scores goals."

Keane was humbled by the prospect of becoming his nation's record appearance holder.

"If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would get this many caps, I would have said you were crazy," stated the Dubliner.

"Obviously I am delighted and I am sure I will look back in years to come on it, but hopefully I will get a few more yet. I feel I can still do a job for my country."

Keane will partner Stoke's Jon Walters and Nottingham Forest's Simon Cox in an attacking line-up named by Trapattoni, but there was no place in the starting line-up for veteran centre-back Richard Dunne.

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