Keane focused on Euro campaign
Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane is focused on the upcoming Euro qualification campaign.
Last Updated: 29/05/10 4:14pm
Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane is focused on the upcoming European qualification campaign after this week's friendly successes.
Giovanni Trapattoni's side shrugged off the disappointment of failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup finals with a 2-1 friendly victory against Paraguay on Tuesday, followed by a 3-0 success over World-Cup bound Algeria on Friday.
Keane, who scored a brace in the victory over the Algerians, believes the results will stand Trapattoni's side in good stead for the Euro 2012 qualification campaign, which starts in September against Armenia.
Asked about the Algerians and their readiness or otherwise for the World Cup in South Africa, Keane replied: "I am not too bothered about the Algerians, that's being totally honest with you.
"They are going to the World Cup - good luck to them. People keep asking me about England, but I am not too interested, I am not bothered.
"I am bothered about what we do and our performance. We are not here as warm-up boys for anyone, we are here for our own campaign, the next campaign, and to get ourselves ready for that."
He added: "As players, you always want to win games regardless of whether they are friendly games - there's no such thing as a friendly when you put that jersey on.
"It's about winning games and luckily enough, we have won these two games and everyone can go away for the summer happy now and look forward to next season."