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Robbie Keane does not miss life in England as Manchester United face Galaxy on Thursday

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 18:24 | Comments

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane has said he does not miss life in English football as the Republic of Ireland striker gets set to take on Manchester United with the LA Galaxy in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A crowd of over 70,000 will pack into the Pasadena Rose Bowl to watch Louis Van Gaal's United take charge of Manchester United for the first time to play Galaxy in a friendly.

Keane, now in his third year at the Galaxy, used to play against United on a regular basis for Tottenham and Liverpool.

Keane spent a month on loan at Aston Villa two years ago, but he opted against returning to the Premier League last season despite interest from several clubs.

The Republic of Ireland captain is happy in California and does not miss the Barclays Premier League.

"I don't hanker for England, not at all," the striker said.

"I speak to a lot of players in England, but my routine has completely changed.

"My summer is playing now and I have Christmas off.

"That is quite nice. I spent my first time in Ireland for 17 years at Christmas.

"I look forward to it again this Christmas. It has completely changed for me.

"Going back is not something I have looked into too much."

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