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Keane talks up Ireland's forwards

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Robbie Keane is confident the Republic of Ireland are heading for the Euro 2012 finals with a stronger pool of strikers than they had for the 2002 World Cup.

Keane, the nation's record goalscorer with 53, will lead the line once again in Poland and Ukraine, but Kevin Doyle, who has got the nod for Saturday's friendly against Bosnia, Shane Long, Jon Walters and Simon Cox are battling for the right to partner him.

The LA Galaxy frontman went to the 2002 World Cup finals along with fellow forwards Damien Duff, Niall Quinn, David Connolly and Clinton Morrison, and he is convinced Giovanni Trapattoni's men will pose a greater threat this time around. "It's a lot stronger than we had, probably, back then, and that's no disrespect to the lads back then," he said.

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Robbie Keane
Football
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Kevin Doyle
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Damien Duff
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