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Keane on form to take on England at Wembley

Robbie Keane scored the first hat-trick of his MLS career
Robbie Keane scored the first hat-trick of his MLS career

ROBBIE KEANE has arrived in London in flying form  after scoring his first hat-trick for LA Galaxy.

The strong performance from Ireland’s all-time top scorer comes as the 32-year-old is named to lead Ireland’s attack  for tomorrow night’s friendly against England.

Spartak Moscow’s Aiden McGeady will also start.

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But Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni will be unable to call on the injured Kevin Doyle, Anthony Pilkington and Paul Green.

England will be without Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshire and Tom Cleverly.

Speaking ahead of the match, Trapattoni said he had confidence in his team: “The (Ireland) players play in England for Stoke and many teams; the England players play for Manchester United, they play for Arsenal.

“But we can show them we are the same, that’s very important. That’s a stimulation for me, it’s very important that they show they are every bit as good.”

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