Though they’re not related, Roy Keane and Robbie Keane will unite for Ireland’s Euro 2016 match against Germany on Thursday – Roy will be on the coaching staff while Robbie will be his side’s main striker. But questions about Robbie’s availability due to the recent birth of his child prompted one of the most Roy-esque responses anyone could imagine.
When asked by a reporter whether Robbie would be able to play this week, Roy asked: “Why wouldn’t he be able to play?” To which the reporter replied that Robbie’s wife just had a baby.
In typical Roy Keane fashion, the former Manchester United star replied: “Well he didn’t have the baby. Unless he’s breastfeeding he should be alright.”
All kidding aside, Ireland could really use team captain Robbie with the way he has been playing recently. The 35-year-old already has two goals in the Euro 2016 tournament and has been one of the best scorers in Major League Soccer for the LA Galaxy. He is the most capped and highest scorer in Ireland’s history.
Roy joined the Ireland coaching staff in 2013 after less-than-stellar stints as manager of Sunderland and Ipswich Town. Prior to his managerial debut he was a five-time PFA Team of the Year midfielder for Man United, winning seven Premier League titles.
The Republic of Ireland can clinch a spot in the Euro 2016 final tournament or playoffs with a win over Germany on Thursday or a win over Poland on Sunday.