Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from International football following the upcoming game with Oman on 31st August in the Aviva Stadium [Lansdowne Road Nua[
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.
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.
Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane today
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