Keane announces retirement

28 November 2018 10:49:39 EST

Just days after being confirmed as part of Mick McCarthy's management team for the Republic of Ireland, Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from professional football.

His 23-year playing career saw him scoring 325 goals in 737 club appearances while he made 146 international appearances for Ireland, scoring 68 goals.

I hope to use my experiences to contribute towards a bright future in Irish football.

Robbie Keane

Now aged 38, he says he will be proud to work alongside McCarthy and Terry Connor to try and help the Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2020.

He said in a statement: "I have enjoyed every moment of the most incredible journey with the Ireland team over an 18-year period and as I have said many times before, words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish.  I hope I have made the fans proud wearing the green jersey and armband.

"I am incredibly proud, honoured and excited to now be working alongside Mick McCarthy, Terry Connor and the Irish international team over the next number of years.

"This is a role I have massive passion, energy and enthusiasm for and I hope to use my experiences to contribute towards a bright future in Irish football."

His playing career in England saw him play for Tottenham in two spells as well as Wolves, Coventry, Leeds and Liverpool.

He moved to the USA to play for LA Galaxy in 2011 and most recently has been playing in India for ATK based in Kolkata.

McCarthy was named as the new Republic of Ireland boss at the weekend, succeeding Martin O'Neill whose time in charge ended with relegation in the Nations League.

The former Ipswich boss will take the Republic of Ireland through to Euro 2020 but will be replaced then by Stephen Kenny.

England are 5/1 to win Euro 2020 with Germany 7/1 and Spain 11/2.

Spurs meanwhile are 1/1000 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

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