Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from international football after next Wednesday’s friendly against Oman.
The 36-year-old LA Galaxy striker will call time on his 18-year Ireland career having made a record 145 senior appearances for his country and scored 67 goals, more than three times more than his nearest rival.
Tallaght-born Keane, who made two appearances as this summer’s Euro 2016 finals, both as a substitute, announced his decision shortly after manager Martin O’Neill named him in a 28-man squad for the Oman game, which will be followed by the Republic’s opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade on September 5.
Keane said in a statement: ‘Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from International football following the upcoming game with Oman on 31st August in the Aviva Stadium.
‘It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over eighteen years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998. I have enjoyed it all.’
His statement continued: ‘It has also been a great honour for both me and my family to have been given the opportunity to captain my country for over ten years.
‘As a young boy growing up in Dublin playing football on the street, I could never have imagined the path my life would take – it has exceeded my wildest expectations.