"I think he's got a great chance of making the starting 11": Roy Keane clearly impressed with Shane Duffy's form

Ireland begin their Euro 2016 campaign on Monday night

"I think he's got a great chance of making the starting 11": Roy Keane clearly impressed with Shane Duffy's form

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With Ireland's Euro 2016 opening game just two days away, defender Shane Duffy will be quietly thrilled to hear Roy Keane's remarks about his chances of taking a starting jersey.

Speaking earlier today, Roy Keane seemed to be in giddy form as the build-up continues for the game against Sweden. And one player who received a stunning report from the former Irish captain, was Blackburn's Shane Duffy.

When asked about Duffy's chances of making the team, Keane said that his form has brought him a long way ion recent months:

"I think he's got a great chance of making the starting 11. He's a big strong player, got loads to learn. He's by no means the finished article, but he's given himself a chance. A few months ago, it was touch and go whether he was gonna make the squad."

"The fact is, he's gone out and he's played games regularly at club level. I think that's been a huge plus for him."

Keane added that it's a player's duty to give the manager headaches over who to pick in the starting 11, meaning Duffy is ticking all the boxes in Keane's eyes.