Robbie Keane retains place in Ireland squad

Ireland captain Robbie Keane has retained his place in the

roster for next month’s 2012 European Championship qualifiers

despite moving to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The team said Tuesday that the striker will return from the

United States for the Sept. 2 home match against Slovakia and the

trip to Moscow to play Russia four days later. Ireland tops Group B

on goal difference ahead of Russia and Slovakia.

Keane scored in his MLS debut Saturday night, converting a pass

from David Beckham in the 21st minute of the Galaxy’s 2-0 victory

over the San Jose Earthquakes.