Robbie Keane broke Ireland’s goalscoring record as he netted twice in The Republic’s 2-0 win over The Faroe Islands.

Keane’s brace took him to 23 international goals, two ahead of former holder Niall Quinn. His 23 goals have come from 56 caps, whereas Quinn’s 21 came from 91 internationals.

“It’s a great feeling,” Keane said.

“I can’t really describe it. When I was a kid I would play on the streets of Tallaght and dream of playing for my country and scoring goals. To break the record is extra special.”

Ireland coach, Brian Kerr, who has overseen a revival in the fortunes of the national team since replacing Mick McCarthy, was effusive in his praise of Keane.

“I think it’s a wonderful achievement for him to get the record at such a young age,” he said.

“It’s been inevitable for a while. When he got in the team people said he would break records and I’m sure he will extend the record. I don’t see him ending up as a centre-back.”