Keane announces international retirement


Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has announced he will retire from international football following next Wednesday's friendly against Oman in Dublin.

Keane has scored 67 goals in 145 games for the Republic after making his debut against the Czech Republic in March 1998.

The 36-year-old intends to carry on playing for club side LA Galaxy for a "few more seasons".

In a statement released to media outlets in Ireland, Keane said: "I am announcing my decision to retire from International football following the upcoming game with Oman on August 31 in the Aviva Stadium.

"It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over 18 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 10 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.

"I have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to play for and captain my country - it was my ultimate goal all those years ago and it has been, by far, my greatest achievement."