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 By PA Sport

LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane to miss Republic of Ireland friendly with injury

Robbie Keane joins the ESPN FC Heineken Boot Room where he feels Ireland can defy the odds and defeat anyone at Euro 2016.

Robbie Keane faces an anxious wait to see if he can join the Republic of Ireland at the Euro 2016 finals after being ruled out of their final warm-up game through injury.

The 35-year-old Ireland skipper could only watch his teammates from the sidelines as they trained at Turner's Cross in Cork on Monday evening ahead of Tuesday's friendly clash there with Belarus after damaging a calf muscle on Saturday.

Keane, who did not play in the 1-1 draw with Netherlands on Friday evening, had an injection...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Martin O'Neill - Republic of Ireland must keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet

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Martin O'Neill has said Republic of Ireland must find a way of keeping Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet if they are to get anything from their opening Euro 2016 fixture against Sweden.

Four years ago in Poland, Ireland's campaign got off to the worst possible start when they were beaten 3-1 by Croatia in their first game.

And O'Neill knows his team's best chance of avoiding a similar result this time could rest with how well they control Ibrahimovic's influence on the game.

The manager said: "He's a very...

 By PA Sport

Martin O'Neill: Set pieces at both ends will be key for Republic of Ireland

Robbie Keane joins the ESPN FC Heineken Boot Room where he feels Ireland can defy the odds and defeat anyone at Euro 2016.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has told his players set pieces at both ends of the pitch could be key to what they can achieve at Euro 2016.

O'Neill believes dead-ball situations in their own and the opposition penalty areas might prove the difference between success and failure in tight matches.

"I have said this before -- I said it to my players way back at the beginning of the qualification," he said.

"It sounds crazy in this day and age when you have got wonderful footballers -- [Cristiano]...

 By PA Sport

Republic of Ireland need positive mindset vs. top teams - Martin O'Neill

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Shane Long nearly gave the Republic of Ireland a victory over the Netherlands on Friday.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has told his players they have to believe they can compete with the best if they are to prosper at next month's Euro 2016 finals.

Ireland were pegged back to draw 1-1 with the Netherlands in their penultimate warm-up game in Dublin on Friday night, but having beaten world champions Germany during qualification, O'Neill insists they have cause for optimism as they prepare to face Sweden, Belgium and Italy.

He said: "It's not a case of whether we can, we just...