The Millwall forward was disappointed not to have made the 23-man squad for Euro 2012, but is determined to impress manager Giovanni Trapattoni and help Ireland reach BrazilDespite having been one of Ireland's most in-form players in the run up to the 2012 European Championship, Millwall striker Andy Keogh was overlooked by Giovanni Trapattoni for the tournament squad. The 27-year-old is determined to ensure that doesn't happen again, looking to help the Boys in Green progress to the World Cup finals.
"I felt angry and upset, definitely," Keogh told the Irish Examiner. "I had a good three or four months prior to the squad announcement, scoring 10 or 11 goals in 17 games. I finished up as highest Irish scorer that season. I want to still play for my country. I was disappointed. I’ve got my personal opinions on stuff, that don’t need to be said. But you’ve got to be professional, accept decisions and get on with it. I decided to move on and that’s what happened.
"Since the Euros, it’s been good to be involved again. Trapattoni makes his decisions based on what he thinks. Hopefully, I’ll be fit and available to play whenever he asks."
Keogh now has set his sights on World Cup qualification, and hopes he can be involved in the upcoming qualifier with the Faroe Islands. Despite, his upcoming wedding on June 14th, Keogh has also made himself available for the friendlies against England, Georgia, and Spain.
Keogh knows that good performances in the friendlies could be crucial to him remaining in contention for the qualifiers. "I'm very available, looking forward to it,” he said. "The World Cup qualifier is the main one. We’ve got to make sure we do the job and that sets us up for a good finish to the group in September and October.
"I’ve had a bit of a role to play so far. Hopefully, I can stay involved and if we get to Brazil then I’ll make it this time. That’s an incentive to keep me going."