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Irish soccer legend Paul McGrath thinks it's time for Ireland captain Keane to retire

Paul McGrathBy Paul McGrath
Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane celebrates scoring for Ireland
Robbie Keane celebrates scoring for Ireland
Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with captain Robbie Keane
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with captain Robbie Keane
Paul McGrath
Paul McGrath

Martin O’Neill should drop Robbie Keane as Ireland’s main striker. So says Irish soccer legend Paul McGrath in his exclusive Sunday World column this morning.

“I hate to be the one to have to bring this issue up,” he says. “But there is a shelf-life for every footballer and I fear that Ireland’s greatest-ever striker has reached the point where his has expired.”

McGrath says that playing Keane, who turns 35 this July,  as a lone striker just isn’t working and his future will have to dealt with before the must-win home game against Scotland on June 13.

Meanwhile, Irish midfielder James McCarthy last night hit back at Liam Brady and those who doubt his commitment to the Irish cause.

“I’ve always been committed. I’ve been committed to Ireland since day one, and I’ll stay committed. It’s never gotten under my skin, I’m happy to be playing football and I’m happy to be playing for Ireland.”

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