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Video: Ireland Under-19 star Liam Kelly hoofs it from halfway line like Beckham

Republic of Ireland and Reading prodigy Liam Kelly stunned Sweden's keeper with this long-range strike in a recent Under-19 Euro qualifier. It's reminiscent of David Beckham's goal from a similar distance against Wimbledon in 1996.

King predicts bright future for Ireland

Noel King is looking after Ireland for two games. Credit: PA

Noel King has told the Republic of Ireland's next manager he can look forward to a bright footballing future for the nation.

Under-21s coach King, who was asked to take charge of the senior team for the final two World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure, is confident the current squad has what it will take to make a fist of the Euro 2016 campaign.

King, whose side lost 3-0 in Cologne on Friday evening, said: "If whoever comes in wants to play in a European way, they will have seen that in Cologne. They will have seen that, that's European football.

"Going forward on the counter was terrific; back to defending was terrific; working together and being compact as a unit was terrific.

"Did we have enough of the ball? Obviously not. Would you have it against Spain? Would you have it against Brazil? No.

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Low says Germany are 'close to perfection'

Joachim low is confident there is more to come from his Germany team after seeing them march into the World Cup finals in Brazil.

A 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Cologne ensured that the Germans will finish top of Group C with a game to spare, and they head for Sweden on Tuesday already looking ahead to their adventure next summer.

I look at previous campaigns, especially during Euro 2012. The team is more solid, more stable and more compact in defence.

I used this campaign to make my team more stable. It hinges around the opponent you play, they will have a major role in making games attractive or nice to watch for the spectators.

Of course we do have some things to tackle. Defensively, there is room for improvement. But the matches against Austria and today really came close to perfection.

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Skipper Keane sits out training

Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane sat out training on Wednesday morning just two days before the World Cup qualifier in Germany.

The 33-year-old LA Galaxy frontman watched from the sidelines after taking a kick to the ankle.

However, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly later insisted Keane was not a doubt for Friday night's Group C encounter in Cologne.

Darron Gibson to end Irish exile after Trap exit

Darron Gibson is set to end his self-imposed Republic of Ireland exile following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.

Asked about the timing of his decision, the Everton midfielder told the Irish Times: "Obviously because Trapattoni is gone."

I never really wanted to make a big deal of it to be honest with you. But after what happened at the Euros, I just felt I couldn't play under him anymore.

I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros [after] not winning a game and not getting on the pitch.

I was playing every week at the time for Everton and we finished in the top six of the Premier League.

Like I said, I didn't want to make a big deal about not playing under him, so I kept myself quiet. But I am available to come back now.

– Gibson speaking to the Irish Times.
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