Meyler praises Keane’s loyalty

David Meyler has hailed Robbie Keane’s dedication to the cause after the Republic of Ireland skipper persuaded LA Galaxy to release him for Wednesday’s glamour friendly against England.

Last week Keane was ruled out of the Wembley clash and next Sunday’s game with Georgia as the games fell outside Fifa’s international window.

But following talks between Keane and the MLS club, Ireland’s record goalscorer will now be available.

Meyler is impressed by Keane’s desire to add to his 123 caps. “You can see how much it means for him to play for his country,” Meyler said. “Obviously it’s that chance to play against England which hasn’t been done in 18 years and with the World Cup qualifier [against the Faroes coming up], Robbie wants to be playing games and to keep scoring goals. It’s great for all us younger lads to see somebody of his calibre wanting to play in every game.”

Another Irishman who has impressed Meyler is his Hull City team-mate Paul McShane. The much-maligned defender scored a rare and crucial goal against Cardiff City as the Tigers clinched promotion to the Premier League at the start of the month.

Meyler was delighted to see the Wicklow man get his moment in the sun. “It couldn’t happen to a better lad. He deserves it. Paul’s a terrific lad and an outstanding character. I’d love for all those people who give him stick to watch him in training every day and see how hard he works. He’s first to arrive in the morning and last to leave. He’s a great man.”


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