Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Keane won't follow Owen into retirement

Robbie Keane believes he has a few good years in him yet

Robbie Keane has insisted he has no intention of following Michael Owen into retirement just yet.

On the day the former England frontman announced he would be calling it a day at the end of the season, his 32-year-old Ireland counterpart was plotting Sweden's downfall in Friday night's World Cup qualifier in Stockholm - and targeting another four or five seasons beyond it.

Keane said: "I am coming towards the back end of my career - I don't mean the end. I will still be playing for certainly a good few years."

He added: "I have seen today Michael Owen retiring from football. Us two came around the same time.

"I dread the day I have to finish playing because it's my life, this is what I love doing. I wake up every morning and look forward to going to training and playing games.

"As long as I'm healthy and fit, I can easily carry on for another four or five years, easily."

The latter years of Owen's career have been spent largely warming the substitutes' bench, first at Manchester United and then current club Stoke, while the much-travelled Keane sought pastures new in Major League Soccer as he looked to continue his international career.

But he has always maintained that his hunger for what he does has never diminished, and he insists that remains the case.

Keane said: "I am always enjoying it. Even when things are not going well, you have to enjoy it.

"I'm very privileged to have the lifestyle that I have. I wake up every day and I get paid for something that I love doing. Not many people can say that."

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