Robbie Keane welcomes Nations Cup confidence boost
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane believes the confidence boost of winning the Carling Nations Cup could prove vital for his team.
The 30-year-old scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium to win the tournament.
"The most important thing is to get a win and get the confidence up, all you want to is come into a camp and get that confidence, two wins in a week will do that," said Keane.
"It's a great build-up for Macedonia."
Giovanni Trapattoni's team won all three of their matches without conceding a goal and Keane, who scored his 49th international goal in the game, says morale will be high.
Next up for the Republic is a Euro 2012 qualifier away in Macedonia on Saturday.
Full-back Stephen Kelly saw the win over Scotland as good preparation.
"It is a great week for us, clean sheets all week and great build-up for Macedonia, a great boost for the squad.
"It was great to get the right result and we are delighted to celebrate something like this in our home stadium," said Kelly.