Robbie Keane ready for Ireland's crunch clash with Spain.Robbie Keane Robert David "Robbie" Keane (born 8 July 1980 in Tallaght, Dublin) is an Irish footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Tottenham Hotspur . Club career
Keane started his football career with South Dublin schoolboy side, Crumlin United where his talent was has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of today's crucial encounter against Spain.
Ireland lost their opening Group C match 3-1 to an impressive Croatia on Sunday. That means they face the World Cup winners and defending European champions knowing they must avoid defeat at all costs.
What was worse than the actual result four days ago, though, was the performance. The Irish looked devoid de·void
Completely lacking; destitute or empty: a novel devoid of wit and inventiveness.
[Middle English, past participle of devoiden, of ideas and, some might say, well out of their depth.
Robbie Keane has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of today's crucial encounter against Spain
However, that hasn't stopped the Ireland skipper from talking a good game ahead of their daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin test against La Roja.
"We go into every game hoping to get three points, so that would be our main aim," the 118-cap veteran said.
"We know it's going to be a tough task. They are one of the best teams in the world, but there's no reason why we
can't play against them and get something out of the game. We certainly know that, we know we are up against it, but listen, we still have belief in this squad that we can play against anybody and get a result."
Based on Ireland's Croatia calamity, the very least the side needs to get against an outfit packed full of talent from back to front is confidence.
While Spain could only manage a draw against Italy in their opening match, they played possession football like no other team in the tournament can, and the Irish will have to be extremely patient at the Gdansk Stadium.
Against the Azzurri Vicente Del Bosque sent out a side without a recognised striker. However, while the boss has already said that won't be the case tonight, Keane is confident the Irish will be ready whatever team they come up against.
"Everyone thought it was a bit strange when they played six midfielders, but that just goes to show the confidence they have in the team," he added.
"It's not a bad six, is it, in midfield, probably the best six midfielders in the world?
"We will prepare for if there are six midfielders and if there are strikers also. The manager will have videos on both situations and I am sure we will be well aware of how to play against them."
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