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Keane out to reach Muller record but putting team first

Keane is one behind Muller's tally of 68. Credit: PA

Robbie Keane will put the Republic of Ireland ahead of a personal landmark when he runs out against Georgia on Monday evening.

The 35-year-old needs one more international goal to match German great Gerd Muller's tally of 68, and he will be gunning for it at the Aviva Stadium.

However, the Los Angeles Galaxy frontman is adamant that the capture of three precious Euro 2016 qualifying points will be his only focus.

Keane, who scored twice against Gibraltar on Friday night, said: "For me, the most important thing is the team.

"It's not about Robbie Keane, it's not about individual awards or scoring goals, it's about the team qualifying for the Euros, and if I can be a part of that and help this team in any way possible, whether it's starting or on the bench, I'm fairly happy with that."

Keane, who overtook Niall Quinn's previous national record of 21 goals almost 11 years ago, has never been a man to dwell on personal milestones, although he admits being spoken of in the same breath as Muller is something he may appreciate more once he has retired.

He said: "I wasn't aware of that before the game. One of your lads (in the media) mentioned it after the game. Listen, to be up there with those names is incredible.

"I still don't really think about it too much. It's probably one of those that when I hang the boots up and look back at it, then I can give myself a little bit of a pat on the back. But at this moment in time, I am always looking for the next goal."


Politician resigns over inappropriate messages to a teen

An Irish parliamentarian has resigned after admitting sending inappropriate Facebook messages to a teenage girl.

The Irish TD admitted sending inappropriate message to a teenage woman Credit: PA Wire

Hours before a Sunday newspaper hit the stands with revelations about Patrick Nulty, he said he was immediately standing down.

"I sent inappropriate messages via Facebook," he said, in a statement. "This included inadvertently sending one to a 17-year-old woman.

"To the best of my knowledge I have never met this woman and the message was sent while under the influence of alcohol."

The former Labour Party TD, a member of the Irish Republic's lower house of parliament apologised "wholeheartedly" to the girl involved and to her family.

"It was never my intention to upset anyone in this way but it was totally wrong," he said.


O'Driscoll: 'I didn't want to take the Ireland shirt off'

After the thrilling 22-20 win against France in Paris that secured the Six Nations crown for Ireland, Brian O'Driscoll said he did not want to take his shirt off after the game because he knew when he did it would "be the last time".

O'Driscoll, whose international career has now ended, said: "I played on for one more year, hopeful to get a victory against the All Blacks - it didn't happen - and to win a Six Nations - and that did happen. You can't have it all, but you take the bits that you get."

He added: "Its been a fantastic Six Nations for us. I've enjoyed every second. It's an hour after the game and I don't want to take this jersey off yet, because I know when I take it off, that will be the last time.

"It will be weird if I start putting it on at home and start walking around in it. So I am kind of dragging it out a little bit."

Irish rugby team selfie celebrates 6 Nations win

The Irish rugby team celebrated their Six Nations win in true celeb style with a victory selfie with the trophy, taken by prop Cian Healy.

But England's players could only watch on from Rome, where they had earlier handsomely beaten Italy to take the championship down to the wire.

A thrilling 22-20 win for the Irish over France in Paris meant they claimed the title on points difference.

Ireland win Six Nations after Paris victory

Ireland have pipped England to the Six Nations title after a nailbiting 22-20 victory over France in Paris.

Ireland's Andrew Trimble dives in to score his side's second try during the Six Nations. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

After England's crushing victory over Italy at lunchtime, a French win in Paris would have seen Stuart Lancaster's men take the title.

But a pulsating game saw Ireland run in three tries to give a fitting send-off to iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll in his last ever international game.

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