Keane buzzing for 100th cap
Robbie Keane claims he will never tire of the Republic of Ireland "buzz" ahead of his 100th cap.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 10/08/10 5:47pm
Robbie Keane claims he will never grow tired of the "buzz" he gets playing for the Republic of Ireland as he prepares to collect his 100th cap.
Keane's love for his country has never wavered in his 13-year career as a player and the Tottenham striker is one who can claim - barring injury - he has always answered his nation's call.
And the 30-year-old admits Wednesday's friendly clash with Argentina will be one of immense pride as he becomes an international football centurion.
"I still have that buzz and enthusiasm for the game. I always want to play for my country," said Keane, who will lead out his players for the first time into the Republic's new home, the £350million Aviva Stadium.
"You've all known for many years, I've never pulled out of squads for any reason.
"But I love playing for my country, I love coming back, and I don't think that will ever change.
"It's hard to believe, though, it'll 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."
Despite the speculation surrounding Keane's future, Tottenham coach Joe Jordan admitted he had been the club's best player in pre-season.
Keane believes that is testimony to the way he has matured over the years, and the way he now looks after himself on and off the pitch, added to which has been the obvious honour of wearing the captain's armband.
"It's been a great experience, and obviously as you grow older you obtain more knowledge of the game," added Keane.
"I've played a lot of games now as captain, and I feel I've grown into the role. I really enjoy it.
"As for me, I feel great. Again as you get older you look after yourself even more, so I certainly feel really good.
"I'm looking forward to the new season as it's probably the best I've felt for a while."