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Football: Robbie Keane to throw mate Matt to Wolves.

Byline: JOE DANIELS

ROBBIE KEANE has threatened to do the dirty on one of his closest friends - Wolves keeper Matt Murray.

The Republic of Ireland striker, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, is still a self-confessed Wolves 'nut' after launching his star-studded career at Molineux as a precocious 17-year-old.

But that hasn't prevented him from winding up Murray about what he's planning to do when the clubs meet in the Premiership.

Keane grins: "I might hide in the back of the net after an attack and sneak up behind Matt as he's about the clear the ball and score - like I did against Birmingham last season."

Keeper Andy Marriott, making his debut, was the fall-guy then in April as Keane set up a 2-1 Tottenham win at White Hart Lane.

Hitman Keane is such a Wolves fan that he left a wedding party in Leeds the following month to pop into a local boozer to watch his former club savage Sheffield United 3-0 and reach the Premiership for the first time.

Keane added: "The game at Tottenham is just before Christmas and provided both Matt and me are selected it will be the first time we have played against each other apart from in training.

"But it's the one at Molineux on the last day of the season we are both looking forward to.

"I've tremedous memories of my time at Wolves and the fans there. I know Matt will be going flat out next season to ruin my day. Whoever comes off worse between us will never hear the end of it."

Keane and Murray graduated from the Molineux Academy together and have kept in constant contact while the striker has amassed transfer fees totalling EUR45m in moves to Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds and Spurs.

"I sent Matt a text message after they won the play-off final warning him he's going to get a nutmeg off me next season," laughed Keane.

"I've given him loads of stick about being in the big time now - but really I'm ecstatic for Matt.

"I was so nervous watching that match at Cardiff. I couldn't be there in person because I had to go to a wedding in Leeds, but I ended up watching the game on TV with about five others in a little pub."

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UP: Matt Murray, right, with Republic star Mark Kennedy
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2003
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