Robbie Keane remained on the bench for the whole duration of the two matches that Ireland played against Bosnia & Herzegovina and he was not given much of a playing time against Germany or Poland either.
He is in his mid thirties now and is by no means a guaranteed pick for Euro. But, he has been backed by his club teammate Steven Gerrard.
According to Gerrard, on the basis of the experience that he has got, the veteran striker should definitely be selected to represent the Green Army in France.
Gerrard was in conversation with the media in an event in Ireland the other day.
Speaking about Keane there, he said, “It would take me by big surprise if Robbie misses out for Euros. He’s so richly experience that you’ve got to go with him.”
“Experience is absolutely vital in big tournaments and Robbie is that sort of player. If it’s a big night and the heat is on, he would deliver.”
“Martin might not have opted to use him that much of late, but, he’s kept him around the group which is a clear indication that he is in the scheme of things.”
“He would be helping guys, passing all the knowledge he has about the game, but, at the same time he would crave to be in action too. He is not somebody who is content just sitting on the sidelines and cheering for others. He looks to go out there and contribute for the team.”
“I’ve got to know him from close quarters. There was a good friendship between us already, but, after spending a lot more time with him in Los Angeles, the bonding has become much stronger. He’s one of the superstars in the United States.”