Republic of Ireland captain, legend, and leading goalscorer Robbie Keane will make his final international appearance next Wednesday, when the Boys In Green face Oman at the Aviva Stadium.
“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 ten years,” a statement read.
“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.”
Keane made his debut against Argentina back in 1998 at the old Lansdowne Road. Since then, as we all know, he went on to score an astonishing 67 goals for his country.
“I had always hoped this day would never come and I will miss putting on the Ireland jersey and walking out to a sea of green,” the LA Galaxy forward said. “I am looking forward to the game against Oman & putting on the jersey and singing the national anthem one last time in front of the home crowd at the Aviva.”
It’s the end of an era for all Irish fans, but hopefully Keano can add to his 67 goals in his last ever game.
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