Keane wants positive approach against Sweden
Skipper knows next two games are make or break
Seamus Coleman and James McClean in action during Republic of Ireland training at Malahide. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho
The 74-year-old Italian has admitted he does not mind how those points arrive and insists he would not be disappointed with a draw against Sweden if his side then went on to win in Austria.
However, skipper Keane sounded the rallying cry as he looked to take a significant step towards the finals of another major tournament.
The 33-year-old said: “It’s certainly a game we are going into to get the three points. These two games are make or break, so this is it now, these are the games that the players have been looking forward to.
“We kind of knew that it was going to come down to this between ourselves, Sweden and Austria, so it’s a game, certainly, we can’t afford to lose, there’s no question about that.
“But people are talking about going in and trying to get a draw – it’s very hard for any player to go in to try to get a draw.
“You go into every game trying to get the three points. Obviously, it depends on the situation, the circumstances of when you are playing, but we will be going into the game to try to get the three points. But the most important thing is certainly not to lose the game.”
James McClean has been handed the left-wing berth ahead of the likes of Robbie Brady or Anthony Pilkington, with Trapattoni pointing out that McClean may be better suited to what he expects to be a physical encounter.
Richard Dunne will start in the centre of defence alongside John O’Shea, marking the 33-year-old’s first competitive international since the Euro 2012 finals in Poland. Seamus Coleman starts at right back, while Marc Wilson has recovered from an ankle injury and will start at left back.