Legendary Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane will bid farewell to Ireland fans at the Aviva Stadium this evening as he makes his final appearance in a green shirt against Oman.
The Tallaght goalscorer’s 146th cap will be his final one in an international career which started in March 1998 and saw him go on to score 67 goals, a tally which he will be hoping to add to this evening.
The Dubliner appeared in three major international tournaments (2002 World Cup, and Euro 2012 and 2016) and scored in 15 consecutive years to place him 15th on the list of all-time international goalscorers. Keane announced his retirement last week and went on to state:
“It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over eighteen years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998. I have enjoyed it all.
“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.
“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.”
His retirement marks the end of an era for Irish football with stalwarts such as Damien Duff, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane all hanging up their international boots in recent times.
Ireland face Oman in Robbie Keane’s last international appearance at the Aviva Stadium tonight. Kick-off is 7:45pm. If you have tickets for the match but need them couriering across the city to you, we can help! Call us on 01 450 5844 and make sure that you don’t miss this emotional evening for this Irish legend.