Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane played in his final game for his country on Wednesday in a 4-0 win over Oman in a friendly.
The 36-year-old striker capped off his international career with a goal in his 146th appearance for Ireland as he scored with a volley to make it 2-0 at the half hour mark. Keane made his debut for the Irish national team back in 1998 in a game against the Czech Republic.
“I said a few words to the players after the game and told them: ‘Never underestimate putting that green jersey on because it’s the best feeling in the world.’ It has been for me for 18 years,” Keane said after the win over Oman. “We’re very fortunate that we have a group of players in there who are desperate to play for their country and turn up when given the nod. I think the future is certainly bright.
“I wish them well in the game on Monday and certainly in the qualifications. We have a great chance and a good team spirit among the players. I wished the manager and the staff all the best in the future going forward. I’ll be watching now as a fan, which will be strange. I was always a fan but to watch it now sitting back and not being involved will be strange. But I think this group of players will do well.”
Keane has been with the LA Galaxy in MLS since 2011, picking up three MLS Cup trophies (2011, 2012, 2014).