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Keane makes history with Ireland

The Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane has become the highest-scoring player in UEFA European Championship qualifying history after a quick-fire treble against Gibraltar.

Top scorers in UEFA European Championship qualifiers (including play-offs) ©AFP/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has become the highest-scoring player in UEFA European Championship qualifying after registering a 13-minute hat-trick against Gibraltar.

The Los Angeles Galaxy forward, 34, also became the first player to claim three hat-tricks for Ireland. Moreover, he moved to within a goal of joining Hakan Şükür and Jon Dahl Tomasson as one of the joint all-time top scorers in the competition's history.

Top scorers in UEFA European Championship qualifiers (including play-offs)
21: Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland)
20: Hakan Şükür (Turkey)
19: Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark)
18: Jan Koller (Czech Republic)
18: Raúl González (Spain)
17: Shota Arveladze (Georgia)
17: Davor Šuker (Croatia)

Top scorers in all UEFA European Championship games (qualifying, play-offs and final tournament)
22: Hakan Şükür (Turkey)
22: Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark)
21: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
21: Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland)
20: Davor Šuker (Croatia)
19: Miroslav Klose (Germany)
19: Raúl González (Spain)