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Last Updated: Friday, 5 March, 2004, 18:27 GMT
Kerr clarifies Keane stance
Roy Keane in action for the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr has suggested Roy Keane should talk over a possible international return with club boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Keane recently hinted at a return to the Republic fold, claiming to have 'unfinished business' with Ireland

The Manchester United skipper has not played for his country since his infamous bust-up with Mick McCarthy before the 2002 World Cup.

Kerr said a recall was possible, provided Keane conformed to his rules.

"If Roy wants to make himself available in the future, I have no problems with that. But ultimately, I will be in charge," Kerr told the Dublin Evening Herald.

"The team will be run my way. Anyone who comes into the panel will be treated exactly the same as the rest of the squad.

There is no point if a player saying he wants to play for us again, only to find out that his club manager does not agree
Brian Kerr
"Every player has to be committed and has to live within the rules of the team.

"Everybody knows how to get in touch with me if they want to come back. But anyone who wants to return has to know it is right for them.

"There is no point if a player who has retired from international football says he wants to play for us again, only to find out that his club manager does not agree."

The last reference was a clear signal to Keane that he needs to solve the undoubted issues Ferguson has over his international commitments before he decides to make an Irish comeback.

Ferguson is already limiting his captain's appearances this season in order to try and prolong a career that has been ravaged by a series of serious injuries.

Given the midfielder's importance to the United side, it is unlikely his manager would look kindly on a possible return to the international stage.

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