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Roy Keane says Republic of Ireland have hit ‘rock bottom’ with Luxembourg defeat

Roy Keane admits Republic of Ireland statistics are ‘scary’ after the defeat to Luxembourg (ITV)

Roy Keane believes Republic of Ireland’s players have hit ‘rock bottom’ following their shock loss at home to Luxembourg on Saturday evening.

Stephen Kenny’s side began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-2 defeat to Serbia on Wednesday, and fell to their second loss in Group A when Gerson Rodrigues late goal sealed an unlikely victory for Luxembourg in Dublin.

Ireland now face an uphill task of reaching the 2022 World Cup, while the result against Luxembourg, who are ranked 98th in the world, adds further pressure on Kenny.

‘It was difficult, a tough night last night,’ Keane told ITV.

‘Ireland must be rock bottom for the group of players. Real lack of quality. A lot of the players now for Ireland are playing at the Championship level. I think the big concern, when your best player, which is Seamus Coleman, is a fullback, it’s not a good sign. Tough days ahead.

‘Obviously, he’s [Kenny] got his ways, he’s trying to play more possession, play through the team.

Luxembourg sealed a late win over Republic of Ireland in Dublin

Luxembourg sealed a late win over Republic of Ireland in Dublin (Getty)

‘But the stats are scary for Ireland. The lack of goals, the lack of goalscorers. I think it’s difficult for Stephen Kenny. It’s been tough going for him.

‘I analyse nearly all the Irish players nearly every weekend, and none of them are doing too much at club level.

‘They’re doing OK, and they’re honest, but a lot of them are playing in the Championship.

‘When they turn up for Ireland, and the manager has them for three or four days, it’s very difficult.

‘Then when the manager is trying to have this style of play where it’s about possession, it’s very difficult, especially if the players aren’t up to it.

‘I got back to it, the best player Ireland have, by far, is Seamus Coleman. He’s playing for a brilliant club in Everton but Everton don’t play European football, they don’t challenge for trophies. It’s a long way back for Ireland.’

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