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Robbie on the Dunne deal

Posted on 10 December 2004  - 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).

Robbie Keane believes our strikeforce will face a tough test at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday - trying to get the better of a defender he agrees is one of the most underrated in the Barclays Premiership.


Robbie - struggling to make the date with Manchester City due to a knee problem - is a big fan of his Republic of Ireland teammate Richard Dunne, a player he graduated through the ranks with in the Irish age-group teams.


It could be described as a case of appearances being deceptive - the heavy frame of the City centre-half disguising the fact that Dunne covers the yards quicker than most and opposing strikers are rarely given the space to operate effectively.


"He is a quality player and we have played against each other since we were kids," said Robbie of the 25-year-old. "I've played with him for the Ireland team coming through the ranks too and he is tremendous.


"He is good on the ball, he's quick - which people don't realise he is - and once he gets going he is very fast.


"It will be nice to see him on Saturday as he is a good friend. I will hopefully see him after the game following a win for us."


Robbie went on to warn that should we navigate a route past Dunne, his central defensive partner is no slouch either.


"Sylvain Distin is lightening and the two of them make a good pair. Richard has had a tremendous season so far and will be looking to build on that."