Wednesday August 24th, 2016

Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane is retiring from international play, the Football Association of Ireland announced Wednesday. 

Keane, 36, is the country's all-time leader in goals (67) and caps (145). He will play his final game for his country next Wednesday in a friendly against Oman. 

The LA Galaxy forward and captain made his first international appearance in March 1998. He has since appeared in two European Championships (2012 and 2016) and one FIFA World Cup (2002). 

"He is undoubtedly one of Ireland's finest every players and I do not see his international goal record being beaten for a very long time, if ever," Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said. "It will take us some time to get over his absence."

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Keane is 15th on the all-time list of international goal scorers. 

The forward has played for a number of clubs throughout this career, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Inter Milan. He joined LA Galaxy in 2011.  

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