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Galaxy Reconsider: Keane Available For England Game

Galaxy Reconsider: Keane Available For England Game
By PJ Browne Updated

Good news for Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of the friendly against England, Robbie Keane is now available for selection.

Yesterday, LA Galaxy had refused to release the Irish captain as the friendly did not fall within recognised FIFA international dates.

Keane thanked Galaxy for "reconsidering their decision".

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Update:

Galaxy manager, Bruce Arena, has said that Keane was released so there would be parity between US internationals and internationals from other countries in terms of which games they would be available for.

From LAGalaxy.com:

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“In reflecting over it, if we’re required to release U.S. players then how can we not allow other internationals to go? We’re allowing U.S. players to play in friendlies, then it creates an awkward situation, but it’s fair,” said Arena. “In all fairness, it’s the right thing to do. In reality, no player should be released: U.S. players or other internationals. We should adhere to FIFA rules.

“The league mandated that we release the players,” Arena later added “If our U.S. internationals are going for friendlies then others should. We’re on the same team here and it is not one rule for one and one for another.”

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