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Keane has eye to future in Dublin clash.

ROY KEANE will be looking forward rather than to the past when the Republic of Ireland and England meet in Dublin for the first time in 20 years today.

The game will be the first between the two nations in the city since rioting travelling fans caused the abandonment of a friendly at Lansdowne Road in February 1995.

However, while the fixture is important for what it represents off the pitch, it is even more so in assistant manager Keane's eyes because of what it means in terms of preparation for next Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.

He said: "It's just a good game for us to look forward to. If you are a footballing person, it's a good game for the players, the preparation obviously for the Scotland game.

"England obviously have a lot of good players, so have we.

"I wouldn't be one for looking too far back. Again, it's all about looking forward to the games coming up.

"The priority is trying to get the team right, get a good edge to us for Sunday.

"I'm pretty sure it will be a decent atmosphere in preparation for what is our priority, trying to get a result against Scotland.

"But you can tell everyone is looking forward to it, all the players. We can't wait.

"But in terms of what happened 20 years ago, you have just got to try to look forward, look forward to the game coming up.

"England, we obviously want to turn them over."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Jun 7, 2015
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