Ireland skipper Keane pleased with England result

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane was happy enough with the 1-1 draw with England on Wednesday night.

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane was happy enough with the 1-1 draw with England on Wednesday night.

Shane Long opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the Wembley friendly before Frank Lampard levelled ten minutes later for the Three Lions.

After the match, the LA Galaxy star felt the contest was of a high standard and was pleased with the way he and his teammates went about taking on a more-fancied opponent.

"I think it was a good game for people to watch," Keane told Sky Sports after the first clash between the two nations since 1995. "Full credit to both sets of supporters, they behaved themselves very, very well.

"Obviously, there was a lot of talk beforehand and it was important that the two sets of fans showed respect to each other and the players also.

"They certainly did that and I hope we can go on for a while without any hassle in the future. Today has taken a big step towards that.

"[Playing each other] should have happened a few years ago. 18 years is a long time coming and at least we've done it.

"We didn't lose, they didn't lose and in the end it's a good result for everybody. It's certainly important for the two nations to play against each other."

 
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