Lewandowski hails 'impressive' Keane

The BVB frontman has singled out the Irish captain for praise, noting his significant goal-scoring prowess but says that they must not focus on individuals during the game
Robert Lewandowski has praised the "impressive" goal-scoring record of Robbie Keane ahead of Poland's friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

Keane scored his 62nd goal for Ireland in the 3-0 victory over Latvia in Dublin on Friday. However, Boys in Green boss Martin O'Neill confirmed on Monday that the LA Galaxy striker would not start the game against Poland, in order to allow him to assess other options in attack.

Nevertheless, Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski, who has scored 18 goals in 56 appearances for his country, paid tribute to the Ireland captain ahead of the clash at Poznan's INEA Stadion but insisted that the White Eagles would not be focusing on one individual.

"I believe that the statistics are really impressive. Sixty-two goals scored for the Irish squad is really an impressive figure," Lewandowski told reporters.

"I know that Keane has played for the Irish squad for so many years and we know they are very strong. But we don't want to concentrate on an individual player.

"We know they have very good individuals in the team, but we have to focus on how we are going to play.

"When we focus on what we need to do, we will know how to implement what the coaches have been telling us to do on the pitch. If the squad plays well, each individual player has an easier job."