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Keane as ever

Posted on 11 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to Robbie Keane ahead of the striker reaching the 100-cap milestone for the Republic of Ireland.

Keane as ever

Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to Robbie Keane ahead of the striker reaching the 100-cap milestone for the Republic of Ireland.

The Republic's skipper and record goalscorer will hit the century mark in a friendly against Argentina at the all-new Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Ironically enough, Argentina provided the opposition for Robbie's first cap 12 years ago.

It's a special night for Robbie. As well as reaching 100 caps and leading his side out for the first international at the new 50,000 stadium in Dublin, his young son, Robbie Jnr, is mascot.

"It's a fantastic achievement and the first international at the new stadium, so that's great for him," said Harry.

"It just shows what a great player he's been.

"He has great enthusiasm for the game, he loves playing. He's a fantastic professional footballer."

Robbie has scored 43 goals in 99 caps so far and will become only the fourth player to win 100 caps for Republic of Ireland following Kevin Kilbane, Steve Staunton and Shay Given.

"I still have that buzz and enthusiasm for the game and I always want to play for my country," said Robbie.

"It's hard to believe though that it will be my 100th cap.

"For years I didn't think about how many I might win but as it has drawn closer then it has obviously been more and more in my sights.

"I know I'm very fortunate to have reached 100 caps, but hopefully there will be a few more to come after.

"So I'm really looking forward to the occasion, particularly as my little lad is going to be the mascot.

"That's great for me. Having him on the pitch with me will make it an even more special occasion."