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KEANE ON ENGLAND

Posted on 6 June 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane believes England have a 'great chance' of enjoying success at the World Cup.

Robbie Keane believes England have a 'great chance' of enjoying success at the World Cup.

The show gets underway on Friday, with England's opener coming on Saturday when they take on Paraguay in Frankfurt. The striker suspects the depth and quality of Sven Goran Eriksson's squad, one that - at the moment - includes four of our number, depending on the outcome of Wayne Rooney's quest for fitness.

"I think they have a great chance and, out of all the squads, I think England have the best group of players," reasoned the Republic of Ireland skipper.

"All I can say is good luck to them and I think they can do very well. It will be interesting watching the games and hopefully seeing our lads being involved," he continued, adding that the inclusion of Michael Carrick would be a selection that would offer England an extra dimension in midfield.

"People have talked about England playing five in midfield. If they do that it would suit Michael down to the ground, sitting in front of the back four and playing.

"England haven't really got anyone else like that because Gerrard and Lampard like to get forward and score goals. Michael likes to sit in and spray the ball around - it is a system that would suit him.

"He would take to the big stage like a duck to water, he is a great player and international football should be second nature to him.

"Who knows what they will do though, with Rooney being injured at the moment, but hopefully he will get his chance along with JJ and Aaron."

Despite his hunch over England doing well in Germany, put on the spot and with a little grin, Robbie opted for the more tried and tested with his final prediction.

"Brazil!"