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The LA Galaxy striker has called for a united front and a show of loyalty as manager Giovanni Trapattoni continues to receive criticism as Ireland manager

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has insisted that the team is behind Giovanni Trapattoni despite reports of dressing room tension and speculation that the Italian may lose his job.

Trapattoni has endured a spate of criticism in the aftermath of the 6-1 home defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup qualification group, but the LA Galaxy striker said that the team is behind him.

"Of course we are (behind him). We are in this together and we have to stick together," Keane told reporters ahead of the clash with the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.

He continued: "The manager has his contract and of course the players want to see that continue. We have played two games and lost one against Germany. And people did not expect us to win that game.

"As players you try to go out and do your best. The lads tried their best on Friday and it was not good enough. They know they let themselves down and it was not good enough."

Meanwhile, the former Tottenham and Liverpool forward also dismissed concerns that there were destructive disagreements occurring within the camp between players and the management, adding that it was 'normal'.

He said: "Listen, there are always going to be rifts in the camp and we certainly know that as players. The players who are not playing are going to be disappointed; that’s normal.

"Every week since I have been playing football, every week there is one argument in the team; every week in clubs. It’s normal, it’s natural and it happens all the time," said Keane.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side face a crunch World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night and you can watch all the action live through Goal.com.



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