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Carr on Keane

Posted on 9 April 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Stephen Carr paid tribute to the way Robbie Keane coped with his personal tragedy - before describing him as a world-class striker who will only get better.

Our flying full-back and his Irish team-mates helped Robbie get back to business on international duty last week after the loss of his father a fortnight ago.

He was back in action at the Lane for the first time in two months following injury on Saturday and what a return - he opened the scoring against Birmingham City after five minutes with a cheeky goal that Glenn Hoddle later described as 'like Jimmy Greaves'.

That goal - nicking the ball away from keeper Andy Marriott after he dropped it to kick off the floor - and Gus Poyet's late volley made sure we bagged maximum points and Robbie will now be centre of attention again as he travels to his former club Leeds United for the first time after leaving Elland Road for Spurs in August.

"It's been a horrible time for Robbie," said Stephen, who was filmed laughing, joking and lifting Robbie's spirits after he joined up with the Irish squad. "I don't know how I'd be in that positon but he's coped with it all very well from what I've seen.

"I think it was just the tonic for him coming back on Saturday and scoring. That will give him a boost.

"He's a massive player for the club. He can change a game for you and you need the likes of Robbie always fit and playing. I think we'll see a lot more of him and we've not seen the best of him yet.

"He's only 22 and he'll only get better. The more games he plays the more confident he'll get and he'll score more goals.

"He's closing in on the Irish record already. I imagine he'll beat that and then set a mark that will be tough for someone else to catch. He is world class, an excellent player and a down-to-earth lad as well.

"There is nothing big-headed about him and that's nice because he's done such a lot in his career already for such a young lad.

"He's level-headed and as long as he keeps it that way, which I'm sure he will, he hasn't changed yet after all he's done, then he'll be a better and better player."