Roy Keane shows up at Ireland U17s training, gives 'inspirational' speech

We don’t remember Marco Tardelli doing anything of this sort.

Keane was keeping an eye on the next generation of Irish footballers.
Keane was keeping an eye on the next generation of Irish footballers.
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WITH IRELAND NOT in action until March, assistant manager Roy Keane has been busy scouting at games across the water, taking in some grassroots football and making a couple of surprise visits in recent weeks.

This afternoon, the Cork native showed up at Everton’s Finch Farm where a three-day Ireland U17 training camp is currently taking place ahead of the upcoming UEFA elite mini-group qualifiers with Germany, Georgia and Serbia.

“The legendary Ireland midfielder gave an inspirational speech at Ireland’s team base, lasting over an hour to the young hopefuls on his playing career, and opportunities he grasped from a young age,” said the FAI.

He then watched on as the team took on Everton’s academy squad in a spirited display, which saw them lose 3-2 to their hosts.”

And while the game didn’t go his side’s way, U17s boss Tom Mohan welcomed the unscheduled visit.

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Roy along to our training camp in Everton,” said Mohan. “He made an inspirational speech to the lads, which saw them energised ahead of their clash against Everton Tuesday.

“The result didn’t go our way, but they pulled together and put n a fantastic display. I’m looking forward to working with Roy again in future.”

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