Robbie Keane unfazed over Ireland captaincy

The Boys in Green captain says that he will continue to play his normal game in the event that he is stripped of the armband
Robbie Keane says that he will "carry on" as normal if he is replaced as captain of the Republic of Ireland.

Keane, who holds the Irish record for most international goals and is Ireland's most-capped player, retained the captaincy for the opening game of Martin O'Neill's tenure against Latvia.

However, doubts have been cast over the 33-year-old's future role within the team, with O'Neill suggesting that he would "consider things" after his first two fixtures as manager.

"That's something you have to ask the manager, it's like asking me who's going to play in the next game," he told Irish radio station 98FM when asked about the captaincy. "It's not my call at all. I'll just carry on as I have been

"If called upon, I'll try to score as many goals as I can. That's something I'll continue to do, as I have for the last 14 years."

The LA Galaxy striker also reiterated his desire to complete coaching qualifications, insisting that he did not want to "sit at home every day" when he finally retires from playing.

"That's something I'm looking at the moment," he said. "I'm trying to find a way to fit the coaching badges in, we're still talking about that and hopefully in January or June, we might be able to do something.

"What else am I going to do? I don't want to sit at home every day when I finish. I enjoy being on the field, with the lads and having the banter.

"Coaching is something I want to get into anyway, it's a road I want to go down."