Ireland manager says Millwall striker is in his World Cup plans

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GIOVANNI Trapattoni has confirmed that Millwall striker Andy Keogh will feature in Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Keogh was an unused substitute in the Republic’s opening qualifier against Khazakstan earlier this month, but played 90 minutes in a friendly against Oman the following week.

And Trapattoni says the Lions frontman, who was left out of his squad for Euro 2012, is a “good option” for Ireland as they look to secure their place in Brazil in 2014.

He said: “At Euro 2012 we had Damien Duff. We had many other options, too. I could only bring 23 to the tournament and Andy was one of the unlucky ones.

“We have this good option with Keogh. He is guaranteed a game with his club. Two weeks ago he scored two goals and Andy has a good personality. I don’t forget him.

“We have players who move all the time between the Premier League and the Championship. It is my job to get the best out of them no matter where they play. That is what the manager of a national team must do.”