With less than 48 hours to go until Ireland’s vital World Cup qualifier with Wales, Irish Football legend and the most recent addition into the FAI Hall of Fame, Robbie Keane launched Three’s new #TheCallUp campaign. In an exciting time for Irish football, #TheCallUp aims to unite the Irish team and fans together and create the world’s largest squad on the road to Russia 2018.
Opening up for the first time since his international retirement in a heartfelt appearance, Keane recalls the ‘tough moment’ of putting on the green jersey for the last time, the pride of his first Irish international call up and the jersey that always fitted the best.
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Recalling getting the call up for the last time, Keane poignantly reflects, “I remember just sitting in the dressing room, putting that jersey on and thinking, this is the last time I’m going to ever put this jersey on. It was a tough moment for me; that was my life.”
Fondly reminiscing on his first call up, Keane, a player with many career highs, claims his first international call up was “probably one of the proudest moments that I’ve ever had in football.” Having been in the stand as a fan only a year prior to his call up, Keane found himself in a dressing room with “players that you look up to and big stars.”
Reflecting on his career, which included 146 Irish caps and 68 goals, Keane claims, “to play for your country, to captain your country and to score goals for your country, it doesn’t get any better than that.” Having played for many internationally renowned clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Celtic, and worn many different jerseys over a twenty-year playing span, Keane states “the one that always fitted the best was the green jersey; simple as that.”