Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ireland v Gibraltar

Saturday, 11 October 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

Last Game

Georgia 1 - 2 Rep Ireland

Sunday, 07 September 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

Keane keen to face Ronaldo

Robbie Keane hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will be named in the Portugal side to face the Republic of Ireland in New Jersey on Tuesday evening American time.

Last Updated: 09/06/14 at 21:35 Post Comment

Robbie Keane: In Galaxy colours

Robbie Keane: In Galaxy colours

The friendly clash, Portugal’s final international ahead of the World Cup, is being held at the Metlife Stadium.

Ronaldo has been suffering from tendinitis in his left knee, as well as a thigh problem, but Keane is keen to face the reigning World Player of the Year.

The 33-year-old striker, who now plays for LA Galaxy in the United States, said: "Himself and Lionel Messi are clearly the best two players in the world and every player wants to play against the best players in the world.

"He is certainly that and it's a good test for the players to be playing against him. We certainly hope that he does play because you want to play against the best."

And Ireland’s manager Martin O'Neill is in agreement with Keane, adding: "He is one of the top two players in the world. He's just a brilliant, brilliant player.

"But again, it should be great for us to want to go and play against him, if that's the case. I think actually, the players want him to be playing in the game so they can go and test themselves."

This will be Ireland’s fourth match of the summer, following games against Turkey, Italy and Costa Rica – the latter also in the United States.

The purpose is to prepare themselves for the start of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Georgia in early September.

Keane added: “It is going to be a big, big test against a great team. It has been a good trip so far - the players have enjoyed it. Younger players have come in and got a feel for it.

"Obviously the main thing is in September but we have to prepare ourselves and do things properly and make sure we are ready for September."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

No concerns over Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will continue to deliver at the highest level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest injury comeback.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property