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Westwood features for Republic of Ireland

1 September 2016

Keiren Westwood played 45 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in their 4-0 victory over Oman on Wednesday evening.

The Owls goalkeeper was named in the starting line-up at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

The game served as a useful exercise for the Republic ahead of their opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Monday.

On a comfortable evening for Martin O’Neill’s men, it was the visitors who threatened first but Westwood came to his country’s rescue, saving acrobatically from Ibrahim Saleh’s early strike.

Goals from Robert Brady, Robbie Keane and Jonathan Walters (2) settled the international friendly.

Westwood was replaced at half time by West Ham’s Darren Randolph.

The convincing win for the Green Army served as a fitting backdrop for Keane, who ended his 18-year Republic of Ireland career in style.

Keane’s first half goal against Oman on his 146th and final international appearance moved the striker level with Gerd Muller's record 68 international goals.

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