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We're starting afresh in Belgrade, says Keane

By Damian Spellman

Roy Keane has warned the Republic of Ireland their Euro 2016 heroics are history as they embark on a new World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Republic get under way with a tough match in Serbia on Monday and have been buoyed by their emergence from the group stage in France, which was secured with a dramatic victory over Italy, and the fright they gave the hosts in the last 16.

Keane knows it will count for nothing in Belgrade, two years on from the first qualifier of manager Martin O'Neill's reign in Georgia.

"It seems like yesterday we were starting in Georgia, but we are professional people, we have got to get switched on and get ready and whatever has gone on in the last year or two, whatever the plaudits people might have received, it's history now," said the assistant boss.

"We have got to move on and we have got to try to get a positive result. There's no issue of looking back - you can't do that in this game, it's history. Whether you have a good day or a bad day, you have to try and move on.

"The Euros seems like 100 years ago, it's gone."

The squad leaves Dublin today without injured midfielder James McCarthy, who has returned to Everton, and with Robbie Keane and Shay Given no longer among the ranks following their retirements from international football - in Given's case for the second time.

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