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New father Keane fully focused as Republic of Ireland prepare for Germany

Robbie Keane insists he is ready and raring to go for Republic of Ireland's vital Euro2016 qualifier against Germany this week.


The Ireland captain and star striker's wife Claudine gave birth to the couple's second son on Monday which disrupted his travel plans as he had to board a flight from Los Angeles to Dublin.

Assistant manager Roy Keane quipped that Keane would be fine to play 'unless he was breastfeeding' and now the LA Galaxy star has revealed that all is well and he will take his place at the Aviva Stadium against the world champions.

"It's been a fairly hectic time, as you can imagine. I played in Seattle on Sunday and my wife had a baby at seven o'clock on Monday evening," said Keane.

"I left the hospital at nine o'clock, two hours later, so you can imagine whether that went down well, but she understands.

"It's been very joyful to have a new baby in the family but now I'm fully focused on being here with the national team."

Ireland sit third on the Group D table on 15 points and can still move into the top two if they happen to defeat the Germans, provided Scotland get the better of Poland in Glasgow.


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