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Welcome to Hollywood: Robbie Keane out to get one over his old team-mates

The Ireland skipper will lead the LA Galaxy against Spurs tonight in the absence of Beckham and Donovan.

Robbie Keane: not taking friendly 'lightly'.
Robbie Keane: not taking friendly 'lightly'.
Image: David Bernal/International Sports Images/Press Association Images

FORMER TOTTENHAM STRIKER Robbie Keane is eager to get one over his old side when the LA Galaxy welcome the Premier League giants today.

The Galaxy take a break from MLS action to host new Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas’ side at the Home Depot Center tonight.

Keane will the lead the side in the absence of stars Landon Donovan and David Beckham, with coach Bruce Arena likely to use the exhibition match as a chance of handing his younger players game time.

“We have to respect every team that we play against and as a group of players no matter what game you’re involved in you want to win,” Keane said. ”That will certainly be the case tomorrow, we don’t want Tottenham to come over here and walk all over us.

“It’s certainly not a game that we’re going to be taking lightly, it’s a game we want to win.”

Arena said the match was a great opportunity to play against quality opposition.

“It’s an exhibition, it’s valuable for both teams. Tottenham will likely play 22 players and we will probably do the same and play the game in the right spirit but still be competitive and try to win the game.

“Obviously we’re missing two players from the other night already in (David) Beckham and (Landon) Donovan so we’ll make some adjustments.”

Meanwhile, Villas-Boas has been casting his eye over his new squad at their training camp in California ahead of the Galaxy clash before another exhibition with Liverpool in Baltimore on Saturday. Gareth Bale, fresh from signing a four-year deal, Jermaine Defoe and keeper Brad Friedel are among the squad.

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