KEANO: MY FI­NAL GAME FOR IRE­LAND

Daily Mirror - - W HAM V ASTRA GIURGIU -

REPUB­LIC of Ire­land skip­per Rob­bie Keane will quit in­ter­na­tional football af­ter next Wed­nes­day’s friendly against Oman. The LA Galaxy striker (be­low) is call­ing time on his 18-year Ire­land ca­reer, hav­ing made a record 145 se­nior ap­pear­ances and scored 67 goals. Keane, 36, 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 de­but back in 1998. I have en­joyed it all.” Keane was named in the squad for the game against Oman and the open­ing World Cup qual­i­fier against Ser­bia, but will with­draw af­ter the friendly. Fel­low veteran John O’Shea has also been in­cluded in the squad, but he will be as­sessed af­ter suf­fer­ing a hip in­jury dur­ing Sun­der­land’s 2-1 de­feat to Mid­dles­brough. Ever­ton’s Seamus Cole­man and Jeff Hen­drick, of Derby, will also have checks be­fore the Ser­bia game on Septem­ber 5.

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