Former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland striker, Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from football as a player.

The 38 year old captained his country for more than 10 years, scoring 325 goals in 737 appearances for 10 different club for a football playing career spanning 23 years.

Keane said in a statement, “Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer. From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take. It has exceeded all hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing in Dublin”.

Robbie Keane played for the likes of Wolves, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Leeds, Liverpool and LA Galaxy since arriving England aged just 15.

He also serves as Ireland’s all-time leading goal scorer with 68 goals in 146 appearances before retiring from international duty two years ago in 2016.

Ireland’s new head coach decided to appoint Keane as his assistant last week alongside Terry Connor following the recent departure of Martin O’Neill.

Keane said, “To all those who believed in me, supported me and picked me up when I needed a hand, you can never know how much that has all meant. It was an honour to represent you”.

The all-time Ireland leading goal scorer had been enhancing his footballing education applying for UEFA coaching badges while still in LA, so it doesn’t come as a surprise seeing the former football player prolong his career by teaming up with manager Mick McCarthy, the man who coached Keane when he scored his most famous goal during the 2002 World Cup.

Robbie Keane will now be looking to settle quickly as the new assistant manager of Republic of Ireland and partner with Mick McCarthy to bring glory to the country.

FA chief Martin Glenn fancies England winning the 2022 World Cup

FA Chief Martin Glenn has suggested that England have a good chance of going all the way at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Three Lions were impressive during the recent edition of the tournament in Russia where they reached the semi-final stage and Glenn believes the team are capable of securing the global crown in the not too distant future.

He said: “Look, you can’t guarantee you are going to win a tournament. But I believe we will win a World Cup at some point in the not too distant future. But for sure we are going to turn up for major tournaments, whether it be the Euros in 2020 or the World Cup in 2022, as more consistent challengers, and the expectation should be that we should get to the latter stages.”

Meanwhile, the chief executive highlighted the intention to extend the contract of current manager Gareth Southgate and the renewal could be processed before the Three Lions head into the next set of internationals. Southgate’s appointment was initially questioned with most of his managerial experience being with the younger age groups but they has supposedly offered him as an advantage, given he has been able to trust some of those players who have risen through the ranks.
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Sweden coach wants improvement

Sweden coach JanneAndersson said that he wants improvement from his players. He said that he is building a team for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers and that he wants all his players to be focused on his objective.

The Sweden head coach said that he was disappointed with the results in the match against Turkey where his side loss despite having lead 2-0. He said that his players have to remain focus and make sure that they control the game for the whole match. He said that a football game is played over 90 minutes and that you need to retain your concentration during the whole game.
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Hartson on new Liverpool player

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has stated that Liverpool was right to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson. He said that Karius was making too many errors at the back and that if Liverpool is serious about winning the title then it was important for Klopp to sign a new goalkeeper.

He said that ever since Jurgen Klopp has taken charge of the club he has managed to improve the team both as an attacking force and defending unit but they had a problem in the goalkeeping position.
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