Maher - Ireland's Robbie Keane confirms legendary status - ESPN FC

The debate over whether Robbie Keane should start for the Republic of Ireland team has been understandably postponed, because no one was prepared to steal any of his thunder on a night when he became his country's most-capped player.

It is well over a decade since the crafty Dubliner cemented his place amongst the all-time Irish greats - that goal against Germany in the 2002 World Cup did it - but by surpassing Shay Given and earning his 126th cap (as well as moving onto 59 goals), Keane truly confirmed his legendary status at international level at the Aviva Stadium.

And if that wasn't enough for the 32-year-old to celebrate, he added a hat-trick of goals to help Ireland secure a comfortable 3-0 victory over Faroe Islands and boost their chances of staying in the qualifying mix for the 2014 World Cup. Shame on those who said that Keane was past his best and couldn't produce for his country any more.