Irish international record goalscorer Robbie Keane has again reiterated his desire to see Chicago Fire striker Mike Magee, join him in the Irish national team.
Keane, who is back in Dublin for Christmas, recuperating from recent Achilles surgery, was informed by the Chicago hitman of his Irish heritage and his willingness to investigate the link. Of Magee the Irish international said, “His whole family is Irish. His grandfather or father. I’d say he would play for us. He definitely would like to but he’s probably waiting for that American call-up. He’s not an international. How he hasn’t got it I don’t know.”
Magee, along with Keane is a finalist for this year’s Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced on December 5th. His club, Chicago Fire missed out on the MLS Playoffs on goal difference, but the striker was rampant throughout the regular season, with 21 goals and 4 assists. Given his contribution throughout the year, Magee can consider himself unlucky to have not been included in Jürgen Klinsmann’s US Men’s National Team squad for their most recent set of fixtures.
In fact, he has only been called up to the USMNT squad once
in 2004, but was forced to pull out due to injury. Magee has previously been
capped at both U-17 and U-20 level, but neither would rule him out of
representing the Irish team, as long as he qualifies through his grandparents.
With Ireland’s lack of prolific strikers, besides Keane, Magee’s availability would be welcomed by the Irish management team of Martin ‘O Neill and Roy Keane, as they prepare for qualification in the 2016 European Championships. A lack of goals were certainly a problem in the failed World Cup 2014 qualifying, although it is doubtful that former manager Giovanni Trapattoni would have been swayed to include the former New York Red Bull.
Keane added, “If Martin O’Neill asked me about him, I
certainly would tell him about him but I’m sure Roy Keane and people like that
would be fully aware of all the players available to them.”