Robbie Keane became a father for the second time on Monday, but the Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane insists his country’s record goalscorer will be ready for the key match with Germany on Thursday.

The LA Galaxy forward – who has scored an astonishing 67 goals in 142 outings for Ireland since 1998 – is in America, but Roy Keane expects him to team up with the rest of Martin O’Neill’s Republic squad before the match.

A shock win for Ireland over the world champions in Dublin would secure them at least a play-off spot for next summer’s Euro 2016 finals.

Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

When asked by a reporter if his namesake will be fit to face the Germans, Roy Keane said: “Yeah, why wouldn’t he be?”

A reporter responded: “Because his wife just had a baby?”

But Keane said: “Yeah, but he didn’t have the baby. Unless he’s breastfeeding, he should be all right.”

A win for Ireland would more or less end Scotland’s hopes of qualifying. The Irish are four points ahead of the Scots, who face Group D’s second-placed side Poland in Glasgow on Thursday.