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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Mar 3, 2014

Keane in comedy acceptance speech

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane won the Football Association of Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year award, with his pre-recorded acceptance speech alongside club boss Bruce Arena providing a comedy ending.

Robbie Keane scored a memorable hat-trick against Faroe Islands
Robbie Keane has won 131 caps for Republic of Ireland.

Ireland captain Keane, 33, beat off competition from the likes of John O'Shea and Aiden McGeady to claim the honour on Sunday evening.

However, the former Tottenham player could not be in attendance at the awards ceremony in Dublin, and so pre-recorded a speech beforehand in the United States.

After accepting the award from Arena and thanking those responsible for voting for him, Keane jokes with his boss about going on holiday to the beach as they both have a few days off.

The camera then pans away from the pair to reveal that they are wearing shorts underneath their shirts, before the striker is seen to be dragging a wakeboard along the floor as they walk off into the distance.

Meanwhile, Everton midfielder James McCarthy picked up the Young International Player of the Year award, while Hull City striker Shane Long’s goal against England in May was voted as the International Goal of the Year.

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