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Former Republic of Ireland footballer Robbie Keane has said he hopes that U2 will return next year with the new song they recorded for the 2014 World Cup.
The song, named “Take Me Home (Wherever You Will),” was the second U2 single released after Portugal defeated Costa Rica in the quarter-final of last month’s World Cup.
The Irishman, who played for Liverpool and Everton before retiring in 2003, said he hoped U2 would return after their four-month break.
He told talkSPORT in Spain: “I know that they have a great record. I know that they love and respect this song, and I know that they will come back with them.
“With the way they are working, that’s a great start.
“They’ve got a great producer, one of the great producers, working with them. They’re putting their time in there.
“Some of those old songs are still strong, and that’s what they need. It’s the right thing to do really. And for me it’s great.
“I’m proud of them and the song, and I hope that next year they release it.”
U2 frontman Bono took to Twitter to apologise to Uefa and FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter.
Blatter has previously said: “Uefa and FIFA will never accept the right of any one country to have its own way in world soccer.
“They are against the concept of democracy and human rights. And this is why the World Cup has never been held in South Africa.”
Blatter’s comments followed the Uefa decision to ban Uefa president Michel Platini for life over his part in the alleged payment of £250,000 to Platini’s