Thierry Henry handball was seven years ago, move on - Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane says Thierry Henry's controversial handball will not cross his mind for one second when Republic of Ireland take on France in the second round of Euro 2016.

Keane was a member of the Ireland side that lost a World Cup qualifying playoff to France in 2009, when Henry's handball inside the penalty area went unnoticed by the officials and allowed William Gallas to equalise on the night and secure a 2-1 aggregate win.

Ireland's 1-0 win over Italy on Wednesday earned them a place in the Euro 2016 knockout stages and a reunion with Henry's compatriots.

But Ireland forward Keane was dismissive when faced with questions about revenge.

"Yeah, I was there," Keane said. "I will not think about that for one second. How long ago was it? Seven years. F---ing hell, move on."

Tournament hosts France are among the favourites for the title after topping Group A with two wins and a draw, but Keane, 35, is relishing the challenge of taking on Didier Deschamps' side.

"This is why we play the game," the LA Galaxy striker said. "We're playing against another good team, but we knew that if we were going to get out of the group then we were going to play top teams, and we're playing the hosts.

"Wouldn't it be great in the home country to knock them out?"

Keane was sitting on the bench as an unused substitute as Robbie Brady's 85th-minute header beat Salvatore Sirigu in the Italy goal, but the country's record goal scorer had no hesitation about joining in with the jubilant celebrations.

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"It's a special moment for the country and for the players, and certainly for Robbie Brady, who came up with a magnificent goal," Keane said. "It was something that we deserved. We deserved to win the game. We were the better team throughout the whole game.

"When you're a playing a good team like that they are going to get the odd chance here and there. In the second half they hit the post, but apart from that they didn't do too much.

"We defended well, we got in their faces and we made it hard for them. We got our rewards in the end."

Ireland take on France in Lyon on Sunday, with the kick-off at 3 p.m. local time.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.