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Jure, we all agreed on Croatian avatars and signatures during the WC in support of our team. Are you in ??!!!

ARE YOU WITH US JUREMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!?????????
 

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It's too bad for the Irish that Keano acted that way. I hope they don't suffer too much from his loss but they still have a very good team.

About the avatars, yes it's time for everybody to forget everything else and concentrate on Vatreni only!
 

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Keane kicked out of Irish World Cup squad: reports

LONDON, May 23 (AFP) - Ireland captain Roy Keane was sensationally kicked out of the World Cup on Thursday following a scathing attack on his country's preparations for the tournament.

Keane left Ireland's training camp on Saipan island in the Pacific late Thursday and was flying back to Europe, Football Association of Irelandofficial John Byrne confirmed.

Ireland manager **** McCarthy said he had been left with no choice but to send Keane home after a clear-the-air meeting with the player degenerated into a slanging match.

"I cannot and will not tolerate being spoken to with that level of abuse being thrown at me so I sent him home," McCarthy was quoted as saying.

"I have made the right decision not only for the benefit of me but for the squad. We will move on and be all right because we are collectively strong.

"We all know his ability but when he makes a public and open show of his opinions and makes such public criticism everybody starts talking about it."

Keane had plunged the Irish squad into turmoil this week when he said he planned to go home only to reverse his decision hours later. Mystery surrounded the exact reasons for Keane's walkout and U-turn.

But Keane made his reasons plain in a sensational interview with the Irish Times published Thursday where he announced his retirement from international football.

"I've come over here to do well and I want people around me to want to do well," Keane said.

"If I feel we're not all wanting the same things, there's no point. It's been going on a while," the 30-year-old added, explaining his decision to quit after the World Cup.

"It's the whole fact of being away. Maybe I should be okay with it, but enough is enough.

"I'm banging my head against a brick wall regarding certain issues about this trip. From the training facilities to all sorts. This trip is the tip of the iceberg.

"You've seen the training pitch and I'm not being a primadonna. Training pitch, travel arrangements, getting through the bloody airport when we were leaving, it's the combination of things.

"I would never say 'that's the reason or this is the reason', but enough is enough," Keane added.

Keane was unhappy about the long-haul flight to Saipan, commenting: "It's different if we came here to a top training facility. The hotel is fine, but we've come here to work. You wonder why players get injured? Well, playing on a surface like that.

"I can't imagine any other country, countries in the world who are far worse off than us, playing on something like that. I don't think it's too much to ask, just for a pitch that's even watered. It's so dangerous. It's rock hard.

"One or two of the lads have picked up injuries. I'm amazed there hasn't been more but give it time. But you know, we're the Irish team, it's a laugh and a joke. We shouldn't expect too much."

Keane said in the newspaper that the final straw had been when no goalkeepers were involved in an end-of-training five-a-side game at Saipan earlier this week.

"Ask any player, any footballer, anyone in the world, anybody - at the end of training you need a little game," he told the Irish Times.

"Their attitude was that the keepers were tired. I completely disagreed with them. Tired? Well, is that not why we are here? Explain that one to me.

"We've done here, three hours' work since Nigeria last Thursday. I know it's a relaxation but we could be in for a big shock next Saturday against Cameroon."

The disagreement over goalkeepers ended in a row involving Keane and goalkeeping coach Packie Bonner as well as goalkeeper Alan Kelly.

"Packie said they'd worked hard. Alan said they'd worked hard. I said 'do ye want a pat on the back for working hard - is that not why you are here?' I did mention that they wouldn't be too tired to play golf the next day, and fair play, they dragged themselves out!

"That was my stance and Kells took his stance. Few words, but I've had arguments like that hundreds of times."
 

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Unbelievable.

I can't believe this whole thing.

The state of the training pitch ( I read that Croatia's is immaculate) nor the attitude of Ireland's best player.

Can anyone imagine Boban doing this?

Unreal.
 

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I also think Keane is a hothead, but sometimes you need a player like that to spark the team. Only time will tell whether the Irish FA made a good move by sending him back. Did anybody see that bust up between Ljungberg and Mellberg during training! Holy Sh#%, these guys really went at it! I hope this doesn't disrupt their team because I would love to see Sweden beat those picke the English! Anyhow, I just changed my Avatar as well and I hope the rest of the guys do the same to show support for our Vatreni! Za Dom Spremni! Naprid Vatreni!
 

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I don't understand how a player would get himself kicked off just before the Finals, who wouldn't want to play in the WC?
 

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Ljubuski said:
I don't understand how a player would get himself kicked off just before the Finals, who wouldn't want to play in the WC?
well, Keane already said he is leaving day before... then everyone begged him not to leave so he stayed... then he got in a fight with a coach and they kicked him off
 

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He should realise that he is the leader of the team and act like it. Whinging and arguing with some of the squad and coaches isn't doing that. He already walked out once and then changed his mind and it says alot when the reason for kicking him out was for the sake of the team. I really hate those kind of players. Maybe they should make him the captain, coach, team manager, president of the FA etc etc. Maybe he will be happier then. :rolleyes:
 

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dinamo11 said:
He should realise that he is the leader of the team and act like it. Whinging and arguing with some of the squad and coaches isn't doing that. He already walked out once and then changed his mind and it says alot when the reason for kicking him out was for the sake of the team. I really hate those kind of players. Maybe they should make him the captain, coach, team manager, president of the FA etc etc. Maybe he will be happier then. :rolleyes:
Roy Keane might be a hot head but he is an experienced player as well... I doubt he did what he did without just cause... at least in his own eyes
 
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