Robbie Keane would like to manage Ireland in the future.
The 32-year-old forward, Ireland's captain and career scoring leader with 54 goals, has won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy and last month agreed to a contract through 2014. When he's done playing, he'd like to move into management.
''Of course, that's my next step,'' he said Monday during an interview with The Associated Press at Red Bull Arena. ''I'm going to get my coaching badges. I'd like to be a coach first and kind of learn the ropes and then definitely want to be a manager.''
Keane's international goals are more than double the 21 of Niall Quinn, who is second for Ireland. Keane's 122 international appearances are three shy of the Irish record, held by goalkeeper Shay Given.
Ireland has been coached since 2008 by Giovanni Trapattoni. The Italian is only the second non-Irishman to lead the national team, following England's Jack Charlton from 1986-95.
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