KEANO: MY FINAL GAME FOR IRELAND
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.