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Keane announces international retirement

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the Irish national team after the upcoming friendly against Oman.

Keane, 36, will end at 146 caps for the Republic of Ireland. He currently stands on 67 goals and has  been the national team captain since 2006.

“Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from international football following the upcoming game with Oman on 31 August in the Aviva Stadium,” Keane said. “It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over 19 years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998. I have enjoyed it all.”

The Irish will take on Oman in a friendly before kicking off the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a game against Serbia in Belgrade.

“The visit of Oman to the Aviva Stadium reminds us of the game they played in Dublin two years ago,” Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said. “ That took place immediately before we embarked on our European qualifying campaign.

“This game is ideal preparation for our first [World Cup] qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade a few days later. The Oman game also gives us the chance to play in front of Ireland supporters who enhanced their own reputation in France [during Euro 2016]. We are looking forward to both games.”

Ireland squad for the games against Oman and Serbia:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), David Forde (Portsmouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby), Richard Keogh (Derby), Alex Pearce (Derby), Paul McShane (Reading), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), Marc Wilson (Bournemouth), Stephen Ward (Burnley).

Midfielders: James McClean (West Brom), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Robbie Brady (Norwich), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich).

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jonathan Walters (Stoke).

Keane announces international retirement

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