Townsend on facing 'world class' Spurs legend Robbie Keane this weekend

Robbie Keane

England take on Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, and two familiar Tottenham faces may come up against each other on the pitch at the Aviva Stadium.

Andros Townsend will be hoping to make the pitch at some point in Sunday's friendly match between England and Republic of Ireland, cause there is every possibility he will be coming up against a former Tottenham favourite if he does so - and the Spurs winger told the FA website that he couldn't wait.

Irish captain Robbie Keane is not just a legend for the Boys in Green, with his record caps haul of 139 and goal total of 65, he is also most closely associated playing his club football during a nine-year spell at White Hart Lane.

After joining from Leeds in 2002, the striker played 291 times for the North Londoners, scoring 117 goals, with a short break at Liverpool splitting his two spells at the club.

Keane has starred since moving to the MLS in 2011, scoring 71 goals and winning the league's most valuable player award last year.

The likes of Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason were youngsters trying to break through via impressing in loan moves at lower division clubs, but the England winger remembers being involved with the 34-year-old at Tottenham, and how much of a benefit it was training with someone of his quality.

"I’ve trained and played with Robbie in friendlies, and was around the first team for a few years when he was there," the 23-year-old said of their time together at Spurs, in an interview with the FA. "I know him well.

"He was a world-class player, a top striker and finisher, so for me to be able watch someone like him at a young age was a huge honour and helped me learn too," Townsend added.

"To see him still scoring goals now is great for him, but hopefully the goals will dry up on Sunday!"

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