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Keane plans an emotional Irish goodbye

By Graham Luney

Published 25/08/2016

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane

Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane will quit international football after next Wednesday's friendly against Oman.

The 36-year-old LA Galaxy striker will call time on his 18-year Republic career having made a record 145 senior appearances for his country and scored 67 goals.

Keane said: "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."

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