Hours before he was officially ruled out of Ireland's decisive final Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia with an abductor muscle injury, Robbie Keane took the stage at Gibney's pub in Dublin for a little musical relief on Sunday night. That's captain Robbie singing "The Green Fields of France" in the video above, but that's not all he performed.
From the Irish Independent:
He gave what was widely accepted as a credible performance of the Garth Brooks classic 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and led the crowd in a rousing cheer for his team-mates. "We're going to beat Armenia. Come on the boys in green," he shouted mid-song.
While some were aghast at the thought of the national captain partying two nights before a crunch match, those in the pub said Robbie already knew his gluteal muscle injury had left him side-lined.
While some callers to RTE's radio programme Liveline yesterday afternoon questioned the wisdom of Robbie's musical performance, other fans dismissed the controversy, pointing out that Robbie was not drinking and he was there at 7.30pm.
Well, he seems to take his singing seriously and he's certainly better than Wayne Rooney. But that's not saying much.
This is far from the first time Robbie has belted out a tune in public. YouTube offers quite a few examples of his warblings. Here he is singing The Green Fields with The BibleCodeSundays and Noel 'Razor' Smith on St. Patrick's Day weekend earlier this year in London (in a better quality video)...
Expect to see Robbie on The X Factor the minute his football career is over. Simon Cowell will make him cry.