Keane fears the worst from Ireland's play-off opponents

REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Robbie Keane is convinced they will draw one of the toughest possible opponents in the World Cup play-offs.<br /><br />Giovanni Trapattoni&rsquo;s men ensured their status as one of the eight best runners-up by drawing 1-1 with Italy on Saturday, meaning they face a two-legged tie to qualify for next summer&rsquo;s finals in South Africa.<br /><br />But they could be paired with giants such as France and Portugal when the draw is made in a week&rsquo;s time, and Keane is preparing himself for the worst.<br /><br />&ldquo;There are tough teams in there and I am sure we will get one of the toughest teams, there&rsquo;s no question about that,&rdquo; said Keane.&nbsp; <br /><br />&ldquo;We never get an easy ride, do we? We will see who we get. France, Portugal, Ukraine or whoever, it&rsquo;s going to be tough. No matter who we get, it is going to be difficult &ndash; but we always make it difficult for ourselves.&rdquo; Ireland were seconds away from defeating Italy when Alberto Gilardino equalised for the world champions, confirming Trapattoni&rsquo;s belief that his side can hold their own with the best.<br /><br />&ldquo;We must not be presumptuous, but with this attitude, we can have confidence about our next opponents,&rdquo; he said. <br /><br />&ldquo;They&rsquo;re all important, famous teams, but we&rsquo;ve also now in Europe and the world become a famous team, and we must believe that.&rdquo;<br />