Premier League footballer Robbie Keane was celebrating yesterday after becoming a father for the first time, his spokesman confirmed.

The Republic of Ireland and Tottenham Hotspur striker's wife Claudine, 25, gave birth to their 7lb 5oz son Robert Ronan Keane in a hospital in Dublin.

A spokesman for the couple said both mother and baby were reported to be in "excellent health".

28-year-old Keane and the former Miss Ireland contestant and UCD graduate married in June of last year after being together for six years.