Keane's record out of sight
Robbie Keane's record tally of goals for Ireland may never be beaten, according to Kevin Doyle.
Last Updated: 14/10/08 11:13am
Robbie Keane's record tally of goals for Republic of Ireland may never be beaten, according to international strike partner Kevin Doyle.
Keane has scored 34 times for his country - 13 more than Niall Quinn in second place in the all-time list.
"From when he was 17 when he made his debut, he has seemed to score goals for his country every year easily, freely," said Doyle.
"He has got 30 goals for Ireland or more - that must be a nice feeling for him.
"To catch that is going to be very difficult for anyone. They are going to have to start when they are 17 or 18 to get near that, and there's no-one at the moment who is on a run to catch that."
Keane, 28, will again captain Ireland when he wins his 85th cap in Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.
And while the striker's value has been queried in some quarters following his summer move to Liverpool, it has never been in doubt among his Irish team-mates.
"I recognise it - other people probably wouldn't. He has had a lot of pressure and stuff over the years, and he always seems to deliver," added Reading striker Doyle.
"He has scored lots of goals every season, but also created goals. He does both.
"I suppose different people have different opinions. All he can do is have a great two or three years for Liverpool and try winning a big, big competition, and I am sure he will be very happy and that would top off his career."
Keane will also want another World Cup finals appearance which makes avoiding a repeat of an embarrassing 5-2 defeat in Cyprus two years ago imperative when the two teams meet again at Croke Park.
"It was one of those you want to forget about," said Doyle. "I was in the stand injured - I was one of the lucky ones, probably. What can you do? You don't want to remember it."