“I didn’t think it was appropriate at the time because then it would become about me and I didn’t want want that.”. Iran were good – probably the better team – and we gave a really sloppy goal away in the 92nd minute and lost 1-0. I couldn’t do anything else.
In training, Shay Given would make outrageous saves that would make you stop; Robbie Keane would do things that would have the lads applauding. My view’s always been that, if somebody poses you a challenge, you’ve got to go and confront it. No one can ever take this off of your CV, big man. “I’m seeing more and more of this – I hope that’s not a sign that you’re all fucking expecting to go home?”, “The reception, when we came back to Dublin, was amazing”, They said: “No, no. The whole thing just blew up.".
We’d taken them at Quinny after every training session – if he saved, you paid him £10, but if you scored three past him he paid you – and had even had a practice shootout in that very same goal the night before.
We’d sat together to watch them beat South Africa 3-2 in their previous game.
We were starting away to Holland in Amsterdam.
After that result we had a party with the families back at the hotel – I’ve never understood banning players from seeing their families – which was amazing.
This included persistent allegations about Keane's commitment to the Irish team. search Menu. ", None of his team-mates voiced support for Keane during the meeting, though some later expressed their support to him privately. It resulted in Keane, a key player, being sent home from the squad. They were a fabulous football team, but the fact they had already booked their accommodation for the World Cup – they were just being professional – worked in my favour, because I used it to motivate the lads. In April 2007, the managers again met in another match, and Keane praised McCarthy for his work in Sunderland previous to Keane's tenure there. The Azadi Stadium in Tehran had a capacity of 120,000, and the noise as we were driving in – you entered by going underneath the stadium – was incredible.
Taff, my assistant, was brilliant. “The Azadi Stadium in Tehran had a capacity of 120,000 – the noise as we drove in was incredible”. Irish broadcaster RTÉ became aware of the developing row, as did several Irish newspapers.
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“I remember the first game against Cameroon.
This time, Keane scored. ", and an argument started. They’d been so hostile, but at the final whistle they were unbelievably congratulatory.
We played really well in a 2-2 draw – goals from Robbie Keane and Jason McAteer had put us 2-0 up, and we probably should have won. Staffordshire Police launched a search for the 61-year-old from Stoke on Trent but he was not found despite various sightings.
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He even gave us the lead before Figo equalised. We also had a tense time in Iran, both training and in the hotel. But that was pretty quickly replaced by the feeling we’d played so well, and had had such a good tournament. There was no hostility whatsoever, which was a really nice sentiment. He died the day after I arrived – and we won 4-0. He was 30, coming on 31, he saw the potential of guys like Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, and he contrasted that with the preparations [in the camp]. We’d played brilliantly, and thoroughly deserved the equaliser that took us to penalties, but our penalties were piss-poor. Gary Kelly got sent off early in the second half, but Jason McAteer (below) scored in front of the home end. You're a fucking wanker and you can stick your World Cup up your arse. Kevin Kilbane deserved his place on the left of midfield, but I wanted to get Duffer in the team – so I decided to play him up front.